After 33-plus years of public service, Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner was given a superhero send-off at retirement ceremonies held at Westlake City Hall the afternoon of Jan. 5.
Capt. Turner was greeted by an overflow crowd of friends, family, colleagues and well-wishers that spilled into the hallway outside City Council Chambers where the ceremony was held.
On hand were Capt. Turner’s mother, Mary Lou, who also proudly witnessed Turner’s oath of office back in 1984, his wife, children and the many associates who worked with the captain through the years.
Capt. Turner called it a day of both happiness and nostalgia as he turns the page to a new chapter in his life.
Only the 11th Captain in the history of the Westlake Police Dept., Capt. Turner said that he never viewed his position as one that outranked any of his co-workers. “I thought of everyone as a colleague,” he said. “We shared a vision.”
The hallmark of that brotherhood was evinced when fellow officer, Patrolman Mark Arcuri, stole the retirement show by presenting Capt. Turner with a museum-worthy collection of Batman TV series memorabilia.
Turner broke into a broad smile as Arcuri unveiled a collection that even includes an Adam West-signed publicity photo of the late actor that says:
“To Capt. Guy – from one crime fighter to another, Batman (Adam West).
“I was able to get the autograph before Adam West passed away last year,” said Arcuri after the presentation, “I started putting the collection together in December of 2015.”
Also included in the presentation were autographed photos of Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) and Alfred (Alan Napier), Batman’s valet.
The presentation was especially fitting for Capt. Turner, well-known as the department’s Public Information officer. It was a duty he approached with affable panache, offering weekly press releases that elevated police blotter items to distinctly colorful missives that energized reports and brought awareness of public safety to a central position in community consciousness.
Arcuri then further wowed both Capt. Turner and audience by directing attention to the adjoining City Council meeting room, where dozens of other framed and autographed photos of original Batman TV series guest stars like Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Clark and Don Ho were displayed.
Honors also came from Westlake Mayor Clough, who presented a proclamation declaring Jan. 5, 2018 as Guy Turner Day in Westlake, and Chief Kevin Bielozer, who recognized both Turner’s skills as a communicator and a public servant whose sacrifices made Westlake a safer place.
“I would like to encourage all citizens to join me in commending Guy for his years of dedicated service to the Westlake Police Dept. and the residents of Westlake,” said Mayor Clough.
Chief Bielozer spoke of the sacrifices made by police and the extraordinary dedication that calls for placing family time behind the calls for public service.
Chief Bielozer also remarked that Capt. Turner’s special touch with the media fueled mutual respect that better served public interest (Capt. Turner’s last new release was issued just an hour before his retirement ceremonies Friday – read all about the arrest of a suspected shooter that took place at the Westlake Red Roof Inn Friday and how Capt. Turner’s media relations best served public interest. See Villager page 9).
Thank you, Capt. Turner, for your years of service and best wishes in your retirement!