Thanks Chief Dunagan

Not often does someone work for one company or agency for 37 years. However this week Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan retired after 37 years on the job. Dunagan started out as a beat patrolman and worked his way up to become Chief of the Department in 2001. Through his leadership he ran one of the most professional police agencies in our state.

Over six feet tall Dunagan is an imposing figure in his uniform. But anyone who ever dealt with him will tell you he was one of the fairest persons they had ever met. Under his leadership, the department became known for its expertise in accident reconstruction, disarming explosive devices and crime scene processing.

When asked if Katrina was the toughest thing he had ever faced, he replied, "no."  He said it is the second toughest because the year he spent in Vietnam was tougher. Dunagan was a member of the 101st Airborne and saw plenty of action while in Vietnam. He received two purple hearts from wounds he received while fighting for our country.

We want to join the community in offering our thanks to Bruce Dunagan who has put his life on the line not only for his community, but also for his country.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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