St. John Police Master Patrolman Charlie Brown is changing jobs and leaving his job in St. John.

After eight years of serving the St. John Community, Master Patrolman Charlie Brown is leaving the police department and moving on to a new job.

The public is invited to attend a farewell reception for Brown from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Stafford County Annex. Brown has been an officer in St. John since 2010.

St. John Police Chief Adam Sayler said Brown was devoted to law enforcement and he was always available. A lot of people sought him outside of his duty hours. He grew up in the St. John community and has been here since grade school.

"He was very active in the community," Sayler said. "I've known him since he was in the fifth grade. He's the best guy I've got. He's absolutely loyal and dependable. Character and integrity have defined him. He's a stand out guy and puts other people before him."

When word got around the community that Brown was leaving, the police department Facebook had a lot of comments from people that were upset that he was leaving. In all the years he worked for the police department, there was never any kind of serious complaint against him, Salyer said.

Because the police department is small, the officers have to do their own investigating. If there is an incident that requires investigating, the officers, including Brown have to do the work on their shift.

Brown became a police officer to help people. When he can help get a conviction against someone that has committed a crime, it brings him satisfaction.

"I get peace of mind, knowing that I've done my job right," Brown said.

Brown is a military veteran having served in the Army National Guard with an extended tour of duty in Iraq from February 2006 to July 2007. His duties included doing military police patrols that cleared improvised Explosive Devices, securing motor routes and regular patrols where it was impossible to tell who was the enemy. His base was mortared every night, Brown said.

With his military background, when Brown was on duty in St. John, he was never one to back down from a tough situation.

One night he was the only officer on duty and there was a disturbance at the VFW hall. From 60 to 80 people were there and there were three or four people fighting. When Brown arrived, he did not hesitate but got right in the middle of the fight to break it up. It was about six to eight minutes before the closest office could arrive and assist, Sayler said.

For his action, Brown earned a Meritorious Service Award for bravery in the line of duty.

While Brown definitely enjoys his job, he has to work nights and that played a big part in why he has decided to leave and seek other employment. It's also a chance to earn a bigger paycheck.

"The night shift was growing old," Brown said.

Brown is heading to McPherson where he will work for Pfizer where he will be making injectable medications.

But it will be hard for Brown to leave St. John. He loves the people and helping keep the community safe. When he worked as a corrections officer at the Larned Correctional Mental Health facility, he still lived in St. John and commuted because he likes the community so much.

"I love St. John," Brown said.

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