FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2017
A Hero’s Homecoming: Welcome Home Officer Wagstaff
The Independence Police Department today announced that Officer Tom Wagstaff is coming home on Friday, December 8, with a special recognition event planned on Saturday, December 9.
Officer Wagstaff has honorably served with the Independence Police Department since May of 2002. On March 29, 2017, he was critically injured in the line of duty while responding to a residential burglary. After eight months of hard work and strenuous rehabilitation, Officer Wagstaff is finally coming home.
Citizens are encouraged to join the IPD on December 8 around City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., tentatively between 1:45 pm and 2:15 pm to welcome the police escort bringing Officer Wagstaff and his family back to Independence. The escort will come east on Truman Road, south on Main Street, east on Kansas Avenue, and then north on Memorial Drive, where it will stop in front of police headquarters. Officer Wagstaff will very briefly stop at police headquarters and then continue with the escort. Citizens are encouraged to bring signs and blue ribbons throughout the community are welcomed.
In the coming days, a Facebook event will be created on the Independence Police Department page in which Officer Wagstaff will share a brief video saying that he will be coming home. (www.facebook.com/ipdinfo) Citizens are encouraged to follow this page on Friday, December 8 to watch a special Facebook Live event of the escort into the City.
On Saturday, December 9, citizens are invited to join the IPD and special guests to honor our local hero at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, at 2 p.m. Officer Wagstaff will be recognized and thanked for his actions and will share a special message with attendees.