War hero was also a Groveport officer

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 General Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., the man who piloted the B-29 bomber "Enola Gay," which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945, passed away at his eastside Columbus home on Nov. 1 at the age of 92. The bombing, as well as another mission by a different crew a few days later on Nagasaki, are credited with helping bring an end to the war in the Pacific during World War II. While Tibbets is noted for his heroism in World War II, what may not be as well known is that, in the late 1960s, he served as an auxiliary police officer in the village of Groveport. According to Groveport Police Sgt. Ernie Bell, former police chief Al Whipple knew Tibbets from the military and brought Tibbets on board Groveport’s fledgling police department in the late 1960s for a short time. "It’s possible the designation was more honorary than anything," observed Bell. "But Tibbets did help out by getting involved in the officers’ firearms training at the time." Pictured here are Tibbets’ Groveport police ID card and badge, which are part of the Groveport Police Department’s history collection.

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