Detective Lawrence Craft Honored

IN THIS ISSUE

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1.
What A World
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2.
Congratulations
Jamie Taylor
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3.
Congratulations
Chanel Simpson
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4.
Congratulations
Kevon Hudson
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5.
Buckle Brothers
Marquette Williams
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6.
Thanks to
Willie Gardner
for Tidbits
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7.
I Owe
My Mother
(Comical but
True Reflections)
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8.  
I Seriously Owe
My Mother & Father
and Others
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9.
Detective Lawrence
Craft Honored
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10.
"Temptations"
Mountaineer
Casino Trip
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11.
The Color Purple
Broadway Play
(NYC Bus Trip)
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12.
Dianne Ford
Celebrates Birthday
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13.
Congratulations
Dee Spearman
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14.
Local Photographer
to Appear at
Loganberry Books
(James Cozart)

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INSPIRATIONS
and VISIONS

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CONGRATULATIONS to Detective Lawrence Craft for his
recent Career Achievement Award.  Saturday, April 8th
was a day of overdue rewards for Detective Craft.  On
that evening the City of Cleveland Citizens Fourth District
Police Community Relations Committee presented their
25th Annual Awards Dinner.  Detective Craft received
numerous awards including special recognition from
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator George
Voinovich, and Ohio Representative Annie Key of House
District II.

Detective Craft’s Career Achievement Award reads as
follows:

Detective Lawrence Craft was appointed to the Cleveland
Police Department on October 17, 1969 and upon
graduating the Police Academy was assigned to the
Fourth District.

After beginning his career in the Fourth District on basic
patrol, Detective Craft worked as pare of the department’
s tactical unit for several years assigned to the First
District.  He then became a detective working out of the
centralized downtown detective bureau before returning
to the Fourth District Detective Bureau.  Detective Craft
also had the opportunity to work with the department’s
homicide unit for 3 years.

Detective Craft returned to the Fourth District in 1980
and has been a member of the detective bureau since
his return.  He has received numerous letters from both
the Division of Police and citizens commending him for
his dedication and hard work, as a patrolman and a
detective.

Detective Craft wrote on his application that he felt even
though his size might be a disadvantage he would make
a good police officer and through his thirty seven years
of service, of which over twenty five years was spent in
the Fourth District, he has proven through hard work and
diligence that he is in fact a very good police officer.

Detective Craft is currently working in the Fourth District
Detective Bureau and plans to retire later this year.  We
would like to thank him for his dedication and hard work,
as well as wishing him all the best in his retirement.

Publisher’s Comment:  I have the good fortune of
having known Detective Craft before he was a detective
or policeman.  The dedication and discipline that
contributed to his successful career in law enforcement
were evident when we first met at Ferry Cap & Set Screw
on Scranton Road.  In 1964 my barely being accepted as
a laborer in that factory was much easier than Lawrence
“Larry” Craft’s being accepted as a machinist in the same
factory.  After all, didn’t we know “Our place?”  Well,
having legitimate jobs and supporting families should
have been acceptable, BUT!  Even though you know
where I’m going, I won’t “go there.”  Anyway, efforts at
getting Larry to cave in to bigotry (Different quality
standards, higher production “expectations”, even
sabotage) failed because of his focus, determination and
ability to work under pressure.  Dianne and I add our
congratulations and best wishes to Larry and his wife
Shirley on his upcoming retirement.  He truly deserves
the best of whatever his future holds.
VISIONS
"Seeing the world not as it is, but as it can be"
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18
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