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Fond farewell, 40 years of memories as North Bend sheriff's deputies sign off | Photo Gallery
As much a reunion as a farewell party, the open house at North Bend’s now-closed police substation brought together more than 40 deputies and about that many community members Thursday, Feb. 27.
Visitors swapped stories of policing and pranks, deputies traded jabs about who did all the work, and everyone expressed their thanks and how much the officers would be missed. Roger Connelly, one of North Bend’s last city cops and one of the first to serve here with the county, broke out his old KCSO jacket for the occasion.
The gathering marked the end of North Bend’s 40-year contract with the Sheriff’s office for police services, and the start of the Snoqualmie Police Department’s coverage of the city.
Former North Bend Mayor Chris Lodahl and his wife, Paula, reviewed the history of police activity on display Thursday.
Retired Sheriff's Deputy Roger Connelly donned his official King County jacket when he went to the North Bend Sheriff's substation open house Thursday, Feb. 27. He was one of the last three officers on the North Bend police force, transitioning to the Sheriff's Office when North Bend began contracting with the county for police services 40 years ago.
Roger Connelly, retired deputy, in his old coat. It still fits—loosely, as he had to wear a lot of gear underneath back in the day.
Police Chief Mark Toner thanks one of the younger guests for coming to the event.
Retired deputies and former colleagues Roger Connelly, showing off his comical T-shirt, and Craig Wolf traded jokes at Thursday's open house. "I did the work, and he was present at the scene," Wolf said of Connelly.
Retired Deputy Craig Wolf, right, talks with Toner. Like many, Wolf was sad to see the station close. “I don’t like the reason we’re here,” he said, “but I like getting together with these guys.”
Toner meets with well-wishers at the farewell reception Feb. 27.