Viewpoint: Memorial should be established for former police chief
Tony Paris wasn’t just the chief of police for the city of Rhinelander; he was an ambassador for the city. Tony loved Rhinelander and he loved being the chief of police. His dedication to the community and service to the people of Rhinelander will never be matched. He maintained an open office door to the public and an extended hand as a greeter. It would be a rare day when you did not see Tony downtown around noon talking to business people and tourists alike. Tony led by example for his officers. He set high standards for constant patrol and community interaction. He hung a sign in the station that read “Treat everyone with the respect that you would want to be given to your family.” Tony was a leader that made us accountable to the community we served. Tony demanded an active enforcement of the laws to make Rhinelander a safer place to live. The community knew the names of everyone one of his officers. This man lived solely to dedicate his life to protect and serve the community he loved. Tony Paris was not driven by a pay check but was driven by his heart. The city of Rhinelander was Tony’s family and community service was his life..
This is just a smidgen, I present to you, of the service given to the community above and beyond as chief of police for his memory to earn a permanent Rhinelander landmark dedication in his name.
Food for thought.
Craig Strid, Rhinelander