Harmon honored by peers, friends and family as she retires

Det. Chris Cheatham presents retiring Capt. Julie Harmon with a shadow box that reflects her career as a Minden Police Officer.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Friends, coworkers and family saluted retiring Captain Julie Harmon Thursday at her home-away-from home, the Minden Police Department.

“Back on January first, 2011, when I walked in the door, Capt. Harmon took me under her wing and taught me the ropes,” said Chief Steve Cropper. “We’ve been through a lot the last 12 years; it’s all been good. I’m going to miss her; I tried to talk her into waiting until the end of the year … She refused to do that.”

Cropper presented Harmon with a plaque recognizing 36 years of service to the City of Minden. On behalf of the department, Det. Chris Cheatham gave her a shadow box reflecting her steps through the ranks of law enforcement.

Funny stories and tears added to the moment, although Harmon refused to make a speech.

Earlier in the day, the captain was visited by a woman whose life she helped save in 1986. Please see the Webster Parish Journal Tuesday for that very special reunion.

Police Chief Steve Cropper and Capt. Julie Harmon share a laugh about good times at MPD.

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