Hanging up his badge


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June 30, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Iola Police Lt. Steve Womack retired Thursday after 40 years serving the Iola community. He served two brief stints as Iola police chief. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

As Steve Womack stood there, gun drawn, he didn’t have much time to think about how choosing a career in law comes with distinct risks. And here he was, just weeks from retirement.

It wasn’t until afterward, that Womack reflected on how a successful arrest could have ended in much different circumstances.

Womack, who stepped down Thursday after working 40 years at the Iola Police Department, put an abrupt end to the car chase the afternoon of June 9, a pursuit that started in downtown Iola and ended up at an intersection in the middle of Allen County.

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