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HOMETOWN HEROES: Mechanics leads to career for Larry Creech

June 10, 2013

Larry Creech is one of the oldest members of Columbia City’s Police Department. Creech has served as chief and training officer in his 26.5 years with the squad. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — More than 26 years ago, Larry Creech, an employee with Columbia City’s Street Department, lent Police Chief Ron Glassley a helping hand.

His simple act of kindness led to a career with the Columbia City Police Department, including a term as chief and two decades of helping the community.

Creech began his work for the city in 1974, working with the street department.

At that time, the police department didn’t have any cages in its squad cars, and recently had a mishap while transporting a criminal to the jail.

“Glassley came down to the street department to have our mechanic install his new cage in a squad car, but he was out of town,” Creech said. “I offered to put it in for them — it took me about an hour.”

Creech said the next day, Glassley approached him about applying for the police department.

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