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Ray keeps lines open

Back, from left, are Jack McIvor, Toby McGrath, Snr Const Ray Hutchinson, Eliza Eastwell, (front) Zach Mapes and Kadence Black.
Back, from left, are Jack McIvor, Toby McGrath, Snr Const Ray Hutchinson, Eliza Eastwell, (front) Zach Mapes and Kadence Black. Georja Ryan

FOR eight years, Senior Constable Ray Hutchinson was the man in blue and a familiar face in Yangan.

Last week, he handed in his badge and gun and resigned from his position.

With his resignation comes his official farewell from his role as Yangan State School's adopt-a-cop, which will take place tonight in the multi-purpose building from 6.30pm.

Despite his change in attire, Snr Const Hutchinson said he would remain in the area and still help out where he could.

"I will definitely miss my role in the community and I'll miss being there to help them," he said.

"But I will be back at the school to help with anything that's needed and to read to the kids."

After moving from Logan in 2003, Snr Const Hutchinson said, he had found his new home in the quaint country town and wouldn't have changed it for anything.

"It's like a completely different world out here," he said.

"So I'm going to work on a few personal projects before deciding what I'll do next."

Year 7 student Jack McIvor, who has known Snr Const Hutchinson since he began school seven years ago, said he had enjoyed every minute with Yangan's longest-serving policeman.

"He's nice and kind and everyone knows him and he knows everyone," Jack said.

Classmate Toby McGrath said it was the officer's quirky nature that made him the best adopt-a-cop.

"He would get the speed of us running at sports carnivals using the speed guns, which was really cool," Toby said.

Topics:  adopt-a-cop, ray hutchinson


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