FORT WAYNE—Two long-time community servants and familiar faces have retired from official duty.
On Aug. 12, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry honored volunteer police officers Bennie Edwards and Hank Sims, who together have put in more than 60 years—32 for Edwards and 29 for Sims—of service with the Fort Wayne Police Department’s reserve officers.
Both men said they joined the city’s reserve officer force to serve the community
Edwards and Sims are military veterans, who addition to putting in a minimum of 24 hours a month to remain qualified as reserve police officers, both men held full time jobs much of that time, raised families and remained involved in the community.
Sims long has been shown an interest in working with young people in the community, particularly being involved in efforts to help curb violence in Fort Wayne.
Similarly, Edwards said one of the reasons he wanted to serve as a police officer was to help guide young people to the correct side of the street in their lives. He’s also been active in civil rights, serving as president of the Fort Wayne Martin Luther King Jr. Club, which organizes the largest King Day celebration in this part of the country and as president of the American Legion Post 148 American Legion Riders motorcycle group, which advocates for veterans issues and, locally, awards scholarships to young people in the community.
This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.