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Friends, co-workers gather to say farewell to SEMO Drug Task Force commander

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sgt. Kevin Glaser, left, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, speaks with Judge David Dolan during a surprise retirement party in Glaser's honor on Thursday.
(Jill Bock, Staff)
SIKESTON -- 224 is going 10-24.

Those in law enforcement understand and before Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Glaser (224) can sign off (10-24) for the last time they gathered to honor him.

Fellow Patrol officers, sheriffs and their deputies, local police chiefs, judges, prosecutors and members of the SEMO Drug Task Force took part Thursday in a surprise luncheon in Glaser's honor. Also attending were several family members including his wife, Sandy.

Serving as emcee for the event, which filled a room at the Miner Convention Center, was Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark McClendon, who will replace Glaser as leader of the SEMO Drug Task Force.

"Kevin has been a great boss, teacher and mentor," said McClendon. The officer said he has learned a lot about the importance of teamwork in their profession from Glaser.

Another trait he praised of his boss was Glaser's selflessness.

"He would alway put what he was doing on hold and help me with my problems whenever I asked," said McClendon about Glaser.

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