"My last day is Aug. 31," said Sikeston Department of Public Safety Capt. Dan Armour, 62. "That evening the city will hold a retirement ceremony for me. When I walk out of the door that evening, that will be my last official duty."
Armour has spent the last 33 years as a police officer, all with the Sikeston DPS.
"In 1978, myself and nine other officers were hired," Armour recalled. "It was a transition period: the department was hiring a younger force."
Ken Francis was leading the DPS at that time.
"He was the first director of fire and police," Armour said. "He brought those two departments under one roof, one director. He was hired by the city for that purpose."
In addition to Armour, three of those 10 officers are still at DPS today: Drew Juden, the current DPS director, Capt. Mark Crocker and Lt. Bill Mygatt of the fire division.
Since Armour started as a patrol officer, "there's been a tremendous amount of change in technology," he said.
When Armour started, he was issued a .38 Special revolver, a straight nightstick and a can of mace.
The .38s were upgraded to the more-powerful .357-caliber revolvers, "then we evolved to pistols," he recalled.
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