Blessed are the Peacemakers … Matthew 5:9

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A video highlighting retiring Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper’s law enforcement career played in the background Tuesday while persons from his working world, family, officials and close friends gathered at Orleans on Main to honor him.

What could have been a somber occasion took on a life of its own with laughter and tears as stories were swapped about Cropper and his reign as chief. Fellow officers gifted Cropper with an engraved firearm, a badge that read: Retired Chief,” and a plaque of appreciation, all in a shadow box.

The video ended in a fitting way with Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the Peacemakers … for they shall be called the children of God.” 

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