Retiree given badge of honor

<I>The Eagle/Scotta Callister</I><BR>Sgt. Gordon Larson presents a replacement badge to retired Sgt. Jim Hanson.

JOHN DAY - Jim Hanson got his sergeant's badge - again.

Hanson, who retired from the Oregon State Police in 1983, received a shiny new badge in a presentation last week at the OSP's John Day office. Current Sgt. Gordon Larson presented the badge.

Hanson served in the OSP for 26 years, and when he retired the agency gave him a sergeant's badge encased in acrylic. The materials used in the memento had a bad effect over time, however, and the badge deteriorated to a blob in the casing.

When Larson heard about that, he thought it would be good to recognize Hanson's contributions with a new badge. He got permission from the OSP's main office for the new tribute.

"We place a lot of value on our retired members," Larson said, adding that the department is built on their base of integrity and ideals.

Hanson, who has lived in Mt. Vernon since his active duty days in this region, was touched by the presentation. He said that while his generation led the way for today's troopers, "now they're taking care of us."

Hanson began his OSP career in 1957 and worked out of The Dalles before coming to John Day.

"I always wanted to stay here," he said. "You get into these places, and you just fall in love with them."

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