Mr. President, I rise to pay tribute to an
outstanding Kentuckian, Lt. Bob Douglas (ret).
For almost 30 years, Bob has crusaded against the scourge of drugs and
served the people of Kentucky, helping to make the Commonwealth a safer
place to live.
Bob worked for 25 years as a member of the Erlanger, Kentucky Police
Department. For the last nine of those years, he was the primary
instructor for the anti-drug program, D.A.R.E. When Bob retired from the
police force in 1998, he became the Executive Director of the Kentucky
Crime Prevention Coalition. He is also a new member of the steering
committee of the National Crime Prevention Council.
For his efforts, Bob was recently presented with a 2000 Mac Gray Award for
his outstanding effort to promote the National Citizens' Crime Prevention
Campaign. The award recognizes those who have made extraordinary
contributions and pledged personal commitment to work
with the media to promote anti-drug public service announcements and crime
Some have kidded Bob about the Columbo-style overcoat he wears. But like
Peter Falk's character, Bob gets results. For years, he visited children
in schools to teach them about the dangers of drugs and to urge them to
stay out of trouble. With his partner, the canine character, Officer
McGruff, there is no doubt that Bob made an impression and steered more
than a few children in the right direction.
Too often we hear about our problems and the trouble-makers in society,
and we don't hear enough about our heroes and the everyday citizens who
make a difference and improve our quality of life.
Bob Douglas is one of those heroes, and he deserves our commendation.
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