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Just Like Santa Claus, Dispatcher Delivers

Just Like Santa Claus, Dispatcher Delivers

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The Blade via YellowBrix

December 25, 2009

A message that Toledo police officers look forward to came across their service radios without fail at 7:30 p.m. yesterday, just as it has on Dec. 24 for more than three decades.

Three times on every Christmas Eve for the last 35 years, Officer James “Jim” Ogle has made the announcement over police channels:

“Attention all units, attention all units: Be on the lookout for something flying in the sky, a jolly old man in a red suit spreading good cheer. The subject was last seen operating a sleigh …”

Chief Mike Navarre said last night that police officers enjoy the Santa Watch, adding that it was always done when the channels were clear and there were no emergencies.

“They look forward to it every year. They know Jim’s there. They’re working Christmas Eve. It is reassuring to hear his voice,” Chief Navarre said.

The chief worked side by side with Officer Ogle in the communications department during the early 1980s.

“I got to know him quite well. He’s a very hard-working, dependable, conscientious person,” the chief said. “He spent the majority of his career working in communications and he really, really loves his job and loves the police department.”

He said it is possible last night would be Officer Ogle’s last Santa Watch. The near-43-year Toledo police veteran was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus this year.

However, the chief said his old friend remains optimistic.

“Maybe there will be a miracle this Christmas,” Chief Navarre said.

Officer Ogle, 69, wears Toledo police badge No. 1 as the oldest in seniority. He has worn it for 10 years, the Toledo native proudly said after making his first Christmas Eve announcement of the night at the police dispatch center at Monroe and 22nd streets.

The idea of the Christmas Eve announcement was passed down to him when he became a dispatcher in 1974, Mr. Ogle said.

The 1958 Macomb High School graduate said he decided to become a police officer after being a military policeman during the 1960s in Germany, where he was stationed with the Army.

He graduated from Toledo Police Academy in 1967.

Over the past 35 years, he had to come in on Christmas Eve several times when he was off duty to do just that announcement.

“People have called in to say they liked and enjoyed [the message],” Officer Ogle said with a shy smile. “And most of the officers look forward to it also.”


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    djs105

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    Our boss always puts out a B.O.L.O and adds Santa may be in need of assistance at intersections, parking or carrying large packages. This year there was a traffic arrest and booking photo of Santa on out hot sheet. I agree it's a great way to boost moral on a day where no one wants to be at work.

    Stay strong Ofcr. Ogle

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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4534 Comments

    I heard a similar broadcast a few years ago on a Southern California CHP frequency. It came right at 0000 hours as I was with my wife and first born on the way home from my family's Christmas Eve celebration. It was the crowning event of the night.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Ogle and his family. I wish him a full and speedy recovery in his fight with cancer...... GOD SPEED!!!!!

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    StaceyBest3

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    That is such a wonderful tradition I hope it gets passed down and done with the same love.Officer Ogle know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and angels by your side in your fight against cancer.....God bless....

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    Omarra67

    over 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    That's fantastic! I hope he whips his cancer too!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gotta Love It. All of our surrounding agencies communications work together on Christmas Eve and do "Santa Siteings" working from west to east. The dept farest to the west starts and the sightings work eastward throughout the night.

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    4theblue

    over 4 years ago

    1566 Comments

    Aww... what a great story.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Thats a great story. I wish Officer Ogle the best in his fight.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    Keep in the fight brother. You do a good thing by giving that broadcast every year for the officers on the street on chirstmas eve.

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    suprtrkr

    over 4 years ago

    672 Comments

    A great story to keep in remembrence.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    46076 Comments

    Great story.

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    carlitoso2

    over 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    Great tradition hope it stay for many more years to come

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    436

    over 4 years ago

    574 Comments

    Prayers for you Officer Ogle. Fight hard and don't give up.

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    LT120

    over 4 years ago

    564 Comments

    GOOD STUFF, MAY THERE BE MANY MORE YEARS OF THIS,MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41200 Comments

    You gotta love this. May you be able to continue this tradition for a long time to come.

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    How cool!! May you get your Christmas Miracle...

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