Retirement parade for Police Chief Leonard Papania

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Sirens were blaring outside of the Gulfport Police Department this morning as officers threw a parade for their soon-to-be-retired chief.

Police Chief Leonard Papaina waved as his officers and members of the Gulfport fire and police departments drove by.

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Papania was appointed Chief of Police on May 8, 2013, and has been working in law enforcement for almost thirty years.

Papania says the parade was a shock to him.

“The parade surprised me, the kindness of the people I work for did not surprise me at all. most of my adult life I’ve worn a badge and to step away from the ranks is the proverbial way to say it ‘bittersweet,’ Papania said. “I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished. I’m proud to say I’m a member of the Gulfport Police Department and to finish here.”)

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