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North Canton Police Lieutenant Bids Farewell to the Force

Lt. Ronald Steadman retired from the North Canton Police Department Tuesday

The North Canton Police Department has one fewer marksman, jokester and cop with an eye for catching the bad guy.

Lt. Ronald Steadman said goodbye to the department Tuesday at his retirement ceremony in North Canton City Hall, and dozens gathered around to see him off. The 37-year veteran is off to Florida with his wife Patricia to enjoy his time off.

What else is in store for him?

“A lot of motorcycle riding and golfing, and kind of relaxing until I get bored,” said Steadman, who joined the department in 1973 as an auxiliary officer.

He said he’s proud of his time in North Canton and was looked to as the officer who could find the criminal. That’s something the whole force appreciated about him, said City Administrator Michael Grimes, whose position as police chief ended Tuesday and position as city administrator started today.

“He’s the one who would catch them,” Grimes said. “He just had an eye for that.”

Not only was Steadman excellent in the field of law enforcement, but he has a great sense of humor, too, Grimes said. The lieutenant was known to answer his desk phone “Rocco’s Pizza” when he didn’t want to be disturbed. (Citizens never found that out because the dispatchers handling the phone calls always intercepted his.)

Co-workers even brought the retired lieutenant a Rocco’s Pizza box with a Rocco’s Pizza shirt tucked inside.

Grimes said it was clear to everyone at the department Steadman just liked to work.

“He’s from that generation that works,” Grimes said, adding it was common to call in Steadman to fill in a shift. “Even as a lieutenant, if we couldn’t get a patrolman to come in, he was the next call.”

Steadman ran the department's firearms training and headed its S.W.A.T. team.

“He’s a good shot, but he’s a good instructor, too,” Grimes said. “He’s one of those people who would tell you what you’re doing wrong and let you know how to fix it.”

Steadman, who wanted to be a police officer since he was about 9 years old, said he’s had so many great memories at the department, he wouldn’t know how to choose a career highlight.

It wasn’t difficult for him to choose one thing he’ll miss, though.

“All the guys, the camaraderie between all shifts, all the police officers.”

Steadman's retirement is the second for the North Canton Police Department this year.

Tracy Henry March 03, 2011 at 03:40 AM
Lt. Ronald Steadman to some, but to me he is my dad. I was seven years old when my dad started working for the police department. My dad always worked hard and never complained about his job. The only thing that he complained about was when he had to work days. He always hated when it was his turn to work days. He loved everything about being a policeman. He served in the Vietnam War when I was a baby. Then when I was seven years old he started working for the police department. I think that it gave him a sense of pride to serve his country in the army and on the police force. At a very young age he taught me the value of working hard. Because of him, I have a good work ethic. When I was young I thought it was cool to have my dad, "The Policeman". When I became a teenager the coolness wore off a little bit. All of his police buddies knew what I was doing. My dad would ask me things like, "Did you run a stop sign on or how fast were you going?" Everywhere I went in North Canton eyes were always watching me. If I wanted to do anything the joke with my friends in high school was that we will have to go out of North Canton to do that. I think that my dad being a police officer scared a few boyfriends off too. A new chapter of your life is beginning dad. I am excited that you are moving closer to me now so that I can spend more time with you. Florida is a lot closer to Georgia than Ohio is. Love, your daughter, Tracy
Morgan Day March 03, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Thanks for your comments, Brad and the Henry family. Tracy, a big thanks to you for your thoughtful words on your dad. I hope many people read your comments and get a better idea of who your dad is and the pride he took in serving North Canton. Enjoy your time with him now that he's closer to you and your family!
Mark Richter March 07, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Looking forward to meeting you and your wife in your new home in Florida. Nancy and I want to wish you and yours and happy and healthy retirement in Ocklawaha. Your new Neighbors Mark & Nancy Richter
Luz Temple March 07, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Congratulations to you and your wife on your retirement, and the start of this chapter of your life. Your soon to be neighbors, Joe and Luz Temple
Lake Weir Living March 08, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Yeah, Ron & Patty! We all can't wait until you're down here with us in sunny Florida! Thank you for your years of service to the North Canton community. They'll miss you!..but we're excited to have you down here in Ocklawaha! (No more snow!!!) Best wishes & see you soon! - Neil & Adriana Lake Weir Living

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