The Poplar Bluff Museum has tales of us, our family, and our history. I want to tell you some of those tales found within the museum walls.
The Police and Firefighter exhibit on the second floor of the museum honors our troopers in blue, our feputies in khaki, and our police in black. The Union Pacific Police, the VA DoD Police, the Three Rivers Police, and the National Guard Military Police are also represented. Both City and County Fire Departments are honored in the exhibit as well. But let’s not forget our four-legged heroes.
Police dogs have served our law enforcement community for decades. A photo of the 1968 Poplar Bluff K-9 corps is on display in the exhibit. Photos of police officer Darron Moore and his K-9 Loco the bomb dog, trooper Rick Sanders and K-9 Ado, and deputy Randle Huddleston with K-9 Joker can also be seen. Police dog Kubo is also honored.
The story of police officer Cory Mitchell and his K-9 Argo story is told on the second floor. One of their traffic stops caught a murderer and large drug bust.
The K-9 Honor Roll is Ado, Andy, Argo, Asho, Ben, Edy, Enik, Jack, Kubo, Loco, Sato, and Taz. Its motto is “Pride Bites Deep.”
The museum would like to recognize all of our barking brothers. If any K-9 officers, past or present, have photos of their partner, please submit it to us. This will be a very special display of our brave K-9 partners.
The Museum is handicap accessible and open every Sunday free of charge from 1-4 p.m. at 1010 Main Street, Poplar Bluff (formerly the Old Mark Twain School). Tell them Mike sent you!
Mike Shane is a veteran, Poplar Bluff resident and board member for the Poplar Bluff Museum.