Officer gets high marks from parent

Posted 5/6/17

To The Editor:

I have to give kudos to officer Brian Montgomery for the work he is doing with our children.

My daughter Gracie is about to graduate from Cleveland High School after four years. …

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Officer gets high marks from parent

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To The Editor:

I have to give kudos to officer Brian Montgomery for the work he is doing with our children.

My daughter Gracie is about to graduate from Cleveland High School after four years. While all the faculty have been outstanding, School Resource Officer Brian Montgomery has been exceptional.

I have known this man for a long time and always knew he was a good officer. In case my fellow citizens can’t place his name, he is the officer who bench-pressed a Suzuki Samurai off his chest during a snowstorm several years ago when he was directing traffic, and the vehicle slid into him and rested on top of him.

Anyway, I have reacquainted myself with SRO Montgomery these last four years and I love him! I have been at ballgames and seen parents who have taken the game a little too seriously, and their tensions would begin to escalate until he stepped in. His presence alone tends to quell friction from even the most loyal Blue Raider or rival team.

Yet, he is approachable to his “kids,” which is how he refers to the entire student body. These are his “kids,” and there is no doubt in my mind that they are well protected. He stands, in many cases, as the first encounter these children have with real life and the law. Therefore, he takes his job seriously. Rarely smiling, he dotes over his “kids” as he walks down the hall, making sure all is well.

I made the mistake of speaking ill of one of his students in front of him. He told me not to speak negatively about one of his “kids” until I know exactly what they have to deal with outside of school. This scared the bejeezus out of me, and it gave me insight into the depth he goes to protect his “kids.” I never made that mistake again.

Officer Montgomery, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your countless hours of service to this community and to our ... excuse me, your “kids.” Those times you spend before and after school, directing traffic, counseling children, and showing compassion with a firm hand have not gone unnoticed by me, sir!

As I was writing this letter, Gracie came downstairs to kiss me goodbye before she left for school. I said, “Hug Officer Montgomery this morning and thank him for me.”

Her reply, “Dad, he doesn’t hug his students.”

I said, “You’re afraid to hug him, aren’t you?”

“Yup,” was her answer as she closed the door.

I couldn’t blame her. I’ve never hugged him myself.

— Chuck Martin

Cleveland

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