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Police History

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History of the

Airway Heights Police Department

In 1953, Land developer Carl Lundstrom, president of Rocket Investment Company, announces to incorporate 1 square mile of West Plains into the Town of Airway Heights.  The area has about 400 residents, a service station, cafe, furniture store, barber shop and a lumber yard.

On April 19, 1955 residents vote 50 - 8 to incorporate. Lundstrom, running unopposed is elected first mayor.

September 24, 1956 city council approves the position of Town Marshal.  L.A. "Red" George is appointed to the position, becoming the first law enforcement officer in Airway Heights.  Marshal George is paid $50 a month.


MARSHALS AND CHIEFS OVER THE YEARS

Marshal L.A. "Red" George    1956 - 1957     
Marshal H.D. Smith                 1957 - 1958
Marshal Jim Meadows
1958 - 1975
Marshal Bob Evans                 1975 - 1983
Chief  Wayne Odum                1983 - 1984 
Chief Jim Nettles                     1984 - 2003
Chief Lee Bennett                    2003 - Current

 
Airway Heights Badges Over the Years

Badge early 1980s    Badge late 1980s to 1990    badge now(1)    newbadge


AIRWAY HEIGHTS SHOULDER PATCHES OVER THE YEARS

really old patch render               
1980 - 1983
old patch render  1983 - 1984
1984-2004 render 
1984 - 2004
2005 patch(1) render  2004 - Present          

                                                                                                                   

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