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00:00:02 - Taylor Mill Police Department

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Partial Transcript: This is Gena Forsyth conducting an interview with Ron Wilson on March 6, 2018 for the City of Taylor Mill City Stories Project.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Wilson briefly discusses himself and his personal background. He then goes on to discuss his early years working in the Taylor Mill Police Department and how the department has grown since he started there.

Keywords: Difficulties; Hurdles; Overtime work; Police departments; Police officers; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:06:25 - Rising through the ranks

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Partial Transcript: Alright and then you be--you were a patrolman and then you were promoted to sergeant--

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Wilson talks about the various positions he has held in the Taylor Mill Police Department, as well as some of the changes he helped to implement in the department upon taking on the role of lieutenant. Most notably, he helped get the department accredited, making them one of only three nationally accredited police departments in the state of Kentucky.

Keywords: Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); Difficulties; Hurdles; Overtime work; Police departments; Police officers; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Accreditation; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:13:22 - CALEA and other programs

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Partial Transcript: What does CALEA stand for?

Segment Synopsis: Wilson spends this segment detailing the many programs he had started or took part in during his career. Of these programs he mentions CALEA again, as well as D.A.R.E, and the Neighborhood Emergency Assistance Team (N.E.A.T) as being some of the programs he is most proud of.

Keywords: Accreditation; Awards; Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); Difficulties; Hurdles; Overtime work; Police departments; Police officers; Small towns; State recognitions; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Accreditation; Drug Abuse Resistance Education (Program); Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:18:49 - Career memories

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Partial Transcript: And if you think of anymore programs then just let me know.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Wilson recounts one of his most memorable experiences as a police officer, wherein he saved an elderly gentleman from a house fire. The elderly gentleman was not aware of the fact that his home was on fire and the ceiling collapsed shortly after they exited the building. Wilson also found out afterwards that the man had kegs of black powder stored in his basement as well.

Keywords: Christmas; Fire departments; House fires; Police departments; Police officers; Senior citizens; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:24:55 - Biggest influence on Wilson / Nostalgic memories

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Partial Transcript: Well who was the most influential person that you've worked with.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Wilson devotes a majority of the time to discussing Steve Goff, one of his biggest influences in life. Wilson and Goff graduated high school together and Wilson also worked under Goff's father at the police department.

Keywords: Experiences; Friendships; Influences; Police departments; Police officers; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:29:05 - City Parkfest

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything that I did not ask that you want to mention?

Segment Synopsis: Wilson discusses Taylor Mill's annual City Parkfest and recalls the year that he was put in charge of organizing the event, with the stipulation that he needed to also greatly increase the turnout.

Keywords: Community events; Difficulties; Festivals; Hurdles; Parkfest; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:34:36 - Closing reflections

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Partial Transcript: Alright. Anything else?

Segment Synopsis: Wilson talks about a few other experiences he had as a police officer. He also talks about how his job meant that he had to do a lot of things he didn't necessarily want to do, or was prepared to do. He has a lot of positive and negative memories, but feels it's all just part of the job.

Keywords: Experiences; Memories; Plane crashes; Police departments; Police officers; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)