Kudos to the Red Lodge Police

To the Editor, Too often we hear only complaints and negative comments about police officers and public employees. Today something happened that I want everyone to hear about in a positive light on one of our local Red Lodge officers and members of the Public Works Department.

My husband took me to work today at the Elks Lodge and he put the cones out to preserve the parking space for the Veteran's Van that was due this morning. As he was putting the cones out on the street side of the snow berm, he waved at a passing officer. A few minutes after he left and went back home, a piece of heavy equipment and a dump truck appeared in front of our building and began to scoop up the snow. At first I thought what a coincidence that as soon as we put the cones out, they come to clear the street of snow.

When they finished, the equipment left. Looking out the window, I saw two people replacing the cones on what is now a clean area in front of our building. I went out to thank them for replacing the cones and the young lady advised me that if we would let them know a couple days in advance of the arrival of the Vet's Van in the future, they would come and do that for us each time.

Now back to the police officer. After a couple phone calls, I realized that the officer my husband Wayne waved at was Scott Cope. Officer Cope realized what was going on and called Jim Bushnell at Public Works and asked them to come and clear the snow for the Vet's to have clearer access to the van and got the ball rolling.

Hats off and kudos to Scott Cope for placing the call, to Jim Bushnell for sending the people and equipment to do the job so quickly and to the two people who replaced the cones for me. It's so nice to live in a small town. It is so nice to be amongst caring, giving people. Because of those involved today, our vets who utilized the services of the Vets Van had a much easier access. The Veteran's Van affords a great opportunity for Veterans to access medical care and benefits they are entitled to and may not have the resources to travel for such benefits.

Thanks to all involved.

Colleen Stevenson

Red Lodge