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
Marshal Bob Evans 1975 - 1983
Chief Wayne Odum 1983 - 1984
Chief Jim Nettles 1984 - 2003
Chief Lee Bennett 2003 -
AIRWAY HEIGHTS BADGES OVER THE YEARS
AIRWAY HEIGHTS SHOULDER PATCHES OVER THE YEARS
July 25, 2001
From left to right: Ofc. Phil Cogley, Ofc. Max Minchew, Ofc. Kelly Justice, Ofc. Bob Swan, Sgt. Art Krumm, Chief Jim Nettles, Ofc. Greg Rogan, Police Secretary Janice Ledum