By David Rogers. February 28, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — An estimated 50 residents, downtown business folks, Town staff members, and police officers converged on Blowing Rock Town Hall on Thursday. They were celebrating the service and impending departure of three longtime police officers, while witnessing the swearing-in of two more.
COVER IMAGE: Interim Police Chief Aaron Miller presents a token of appreciation from the Town to the retiring Lt. Dan White. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Interim Police Chief Aaron Miller served as master of ceremonies for the festivities, including assisting Town Clerk Hilari Hubner’s administering the oath of office to new officers Nathan Kirk and Tanner Byrd. Officer Kirk and his family are relocating from the Pinehurst area, while Officer Byrd is a 2016 graduate of Watauga High School.
Chief Miller heaped high praise on the departing officers, Michael Fox (returning to the healthcare industry in Park City, Utah), and the retiring Dan White, and thanked them enthusiastically for their many years of service. A third officer, Dayton Turpin, is also leaving to take a position with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
“I don’t know that we have ever had a public