HOUSTON, Tx. – While he’s not quite trading head-banging for handcuffs, the drummer of famous rock legends KISS has just been sworn in as an honorary member of law enforcement.
ABC 13 caught the story as Chief Terry David Lynch of the Wharton Police Department in Texas swore in Eric Singer as an honorary police corporal. Singer got the tip of the cap from his friends at the PD on Monday night at the Toyota Center, just moments before taking the stage with his fellow bandmates in their supposed final trip across the country.
The Wharton department posted photos on Facebook during the quick ceremony. They called Singer a “friend to Law Enforcement.”
In addition to the honorary lifetime position, Chief Lynch presented Singer with a formal letter as well as a custom shadow box with the department’s patches inside.
Monday’s show was said to be the last time that fans could ever catch KISS live in Houston, as the band has kicked off its ‘End of the Road’ World Tour. The tour is scheduled to last until March of 2020.
But that might not be all from KISS. Almost 20 years ago we saw them play a ‘farewell tour’ that boasted an incredible 142 shows. And they’re still going strong.
Singer isn’t the only famous drummer to become close with the defenders of the thin blue line.
In June we learned that Five Finger Death Punch Drummer Jeremy Spencer had signed on with an Indiana department.
Spencer played drums for the group Five Finger Death Punch since joining on in 2005. He’s been on the road most of his life, leaving his childhood home of Boonville, Indiana at age 19 to pursue his musical dreams. But in June, this headbanger put down his drumsticks and picked up a badge.
The Rockport PD in Indiana swore Spencer in as an officer, bringing him into a new, tight-knit group of brothers and sisters in blue.
Spencer says he’s taking what he’s learned from being a national icon to protecting the local community. Plus, Rockport is less than two hours from where the drummer grew up.
“I’m basically taking what I did in the band and just applying it to this, and trying to do the best I can,” he said.
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But will he miss his busy life on tour? Maybe not so much.
“It was amazing and it brings back memories watching it now. I kind of remember some of these shows and it’s very cool,” said Spencer. But change is good. “Life’s about experience, so to me this was great and I think this is going to be great now,” he said.
Spencer began training with the Rockport Police Department in preparation of joining the force. Spencer said he has a great relationship with the officers and said he has always looked up to them. And he’s excited to work with the community and give back.
“You just see the impact they have on everyone’s life. It’s so important,” said Jeremy.
We may not have heard the last from his music side of life, though.
“I am busy, I have other projects that I’m doing. Just because I’m no longer in the band didn’t mean I retired,” Spencer said.
The gig at Rockport PD is going to be just part time – at least for now.
Spencer is reportedly traveling back and forth between Vegas and Indiana, splitting his time between the two locations.
And just this week, country music stars from the band Florida Georgia Line have just given an amazing gift to the Indianapolis Police Department… a brand new K9.
Before taking the stage at FGL Fest in Indianapolis on Saturday, the members of Florida Georgia Line took a moment to tip their hat to police and introduce Sarge, the newest edition of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
It was an incredible moment that Indianapolis police won’t ever forget.
Brian Kelley is one of the two members of the famous country duo. He and his wife first met the German Shepherd when he was just 10 weeks-old, calling him ‘Sarge’. Kelley and his wife Brittney wanted to adopt Sarge and have him trained by Mike Sweeney.
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But after just a short time, the couple noticed that their new pup had some special talents and would make an excellent addition to any police force.
So they made it their mission to train Sarge properly and donate him to a department.
The department posted their gratitude on Facebook.
“We are so excited that Sarge will live a life of keeping people and his officers safe,” Brian and Brittney Kelley said about their gift to the IMPD. “Being able to give back is something in our hearts and last night in Indianapolis was a moment we won’t forget.”
Sarge will be getting a new name from his handlers once he’s assigned. IMPD says that he’ll be used in aiding with explosive detection and is going to be a valuable new member of their team.
The country band Florida Georgia Line donated a brand new K9 to a police department. https://t.co/fClKth2B0i
— KDKA (@KDKA) September 9, 2019
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