The Columbus Police Department has had to deal with the loss of three of their retired officers over this past weekend.  Bruce Patterson, 73 years, of Columbus GA, passed away on Friday, May 11th at St. Francis Hospital.  He retired from the Columbus Police Department in 2000 following 33 years of service.  He also was a former member of the Muscogee County Police and Muscogee County Sheriff’s Departments.  He is survived by his wife, Lillian, and a son, James.

Captain Ronald Ray Copeland, 62 years, of Phenix City, AL passed away at his home on Friday, May 11th.onald Copeland retired from the Columbus Police Department after 26 years of service.  Prior to his service with the Columbus Police Department, Capt. Copeland served his country for 8 years in the United States Army Special Forces.  He served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam.  Following his retirement, Capt. Copeland was an instructor at the West Georgia Police Academy.  Captain Copeland is survived by his wife, Debbie and four children.

Command Sergeant Richard “Arnold” Robinson, 68 years, of Columbus, GA passed away Sunday, May 13th at his residence. He retired from the Columbus Police Department following 34 years of service. Sergeant Robinson is survived by his wife, Sheila, three children and six step children.

All three officers served with honor and were able to pass on the reigns of service and protection to younger officers.  They are gone, but never forgotten.  Even in their retirement they served their communities by their example of their continued service in other professions passing on their knowledge and experience of law enforcement.  Bruce Patterson, Ronald Copeland and Richard Robinson, The Columbus Police Department will be forever grateful to your service and honor to duty.  The LET community thanks their families for allowing them to perform their duties in serving their community.