By Phillip L. Alderson
August 14, 2007
I retired from the Ketchikan Police Department in January of
2003 and moved back to Alabama, where I was born. I am of the
Cherokee blood and this is where my family lives. I recently
returned to Ketchikan for a short visit. I can not tell you
how wonderful it was to visit my friends there in Ketchikan.
I was not able to see but a few of my friends due to the length
of the visit. My wife, Carmella and I lived in Ketchikan for
around 28 years. My wife retired from the Ketchikan General
Hospital shortly before my retirement.
While there I was able to visit with many of the officers of
the department and they welcomed my with open arms. Deputy Chief
Josh Dosset, Sgt. Joe White, Lt. Bengaard, Lt. Bruening made
my visits with them unbelievable. I met some of the new officers
and was really impressed with the attitude of one officer by
the name of Joey, I hope I spelled that right. He is the kind
of officer Ketchikan needs.
I would like to thank so many people and would like to name
them all but space with not allow it. There are some that I
just have to mention, these are true Alaskan friends, Von Kessler,
Bobbie Kessler, thier son Shannon Kessler, his wonderful wife
Christy and thier wonderful family. Mr. Thomas that owns Cedar
Lodge is one special person as well as his wonderful staff.
I want to thank you for you wonderful hospitality. God has a
special place for people like you. Mae and Keith Crabiel of
Klawock, special Alaska friends. Kay and Glenn Keller of Bear
Valley Lodge of El Capitan, unbelievable Alaska friends. To
all the other people that I saw on the streets and at the breakfast
places I was able to go to, thank you, I will never forget how
you welcomed me back to my real home town. As I told many there,
if I could just take all the people there and move them to the
climate here in Alabama, I would be happy for the rest of my
To the Alaska Natives of Ketchikan, thank all of you for all
you did for me during my career there. I learned so much from
you and I will always hold a special place in my heart for all
of you. Lorraine Young, AKA Chum, you will always be special
to me and I am so proud of you.
Bev Crum of the Ketchikan General Hospital, the Bama girls,
Doctor Meloche, and the staff there, thank you so much for enriching
our lives. Bev I hope you know there is a very special place
in my wife's heart for you.
Kathy Hill, what a wonderful friend. As luck would have it
I was able to see her and spend some time talking about family
and friends. I really miss stopping by her place of work and
Dave Ruben and his wonderful daughter. What two very special
and wonderful people you are. You two will never know how much
you have touched me. A very special thanks to you.
Tom Miller of the Ketchikan Daily News and his wonderful wife.
Enough just can not be said about these two wonderful people.
Also Richard Burton, Tom Friesen, the list could go on forever.
There were many that I was able to go to thier homes and thank
them. You all know who you are and again a very special thank
I just want to let the people of Ketchikan know just how wonderful
you are. My wife and I were so blessed to have lived in Ketchikan
and learned so much love and friendship from the people there.
Keep looking around folks, we might return next summer.
Phillip L. Alderson
Received August 10, 2007 -
Published August 14, 2007
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