Police chief gives coins as thank you

Friday, March 18, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:50 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More than words were expressed on Wednesday when $3,075 were presented to the Columbia Police Foundation board members in honor of Officer Curtis Brown and fallen Officer Molly Bowden.

Jim and Billie Silvey, co-chairs of the Columbia Police Foundation, accepted the money on behalf of the Officer Down Fund. The money was raised Feb. 26 when Columbia College hosted a benefit concert that featured the Hilary Scott Band.

“The support has been overwhelming,” said Billie Silvey. “I’m sure it was a lot of hard work.”

Columbia College student and organizer of the event, Tim Fancher, said it has been an absolute honor doing this, and the money was not as important as the gratitude he feels.

“It was more gratifying to see the chief and his wife and the other officers enjoying the night,” he said. “It was great that Hilary’s music could bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

Police Chief Randy Boehm expressed his thanks by giving Fancher and Hilary Scott coins that are carried by every officer on the force.

The coins are engraved with the mission statement of the department and the words integrity, respect and partnership. In addition, Boehm delivered a commendation plaque to Scott courtesy of the police department.

“Benefits such as your concert have made this worthwhile cause possible,” Boehm said. “We were in need of a light evening and your talent was outstanding.”

Scott said she was not expecting such a thank you but appreciated the chief’s kindness.

“Everything we did was totally worth it,” she said. “This is just the icing on the cake.”

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