During National Night Out, I ran into Lt. Jim Heimerl, who is replacing Lt. Rugel at the Fourth Precinct. Jim seems like a really friendly guy, with an incredible amount of social connections in MPD. Jim said he was wearing the black band of mourning for Sgt. Bill Blake, a "Native American police officer" who died too young of health issues. (PIctured above, Hawthorne's Housing Director with Heimerl and Heimerl's badge, covered with black band of mourning)
In the middle of NNO and my interview with Heimerl, a youth came running up and said a police officer was needed at the park. (By "park" he apparently meant the basketball court behind St. Phillip's Catholic Church) Heimerl got in his squad car and went right to the scene of the problem, but whatever it was appeared to have broken up.
Before he had to run, Heimerl had nice things to say about Lt. Rugel; pointing out Rugel is incredibly good with computers.
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