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Edgar police chief retires after 25 years

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EDGAR (WAOW) -

It seems like a regular day in the office for Edgar Police Chief Andrew Deininger

But Friday is different, because it's his last day as chief.

"My philosophy as police chief was, it's not my department it's our department, we worked as a team,” said Deininger.

After 25 years of service, Deininger is retiring from the force and taking with him some good memories.

"The community relations Edgar I feel is a very special place it has very good citizens and are very supportive of their police department," said Deininger.

But, there's also some bad.

"Dealing with the tragedies of others and at times not being able to help them to the extent you would like to," said Deininger.

Throughout his career, there's one thing he loved the most.

"Dealing with children in different programs and seeing them in school through school and seeing them grow up," said Deininger.

As Deininger sits in his chair for the last time, he says it still hasn't hit him. But he's ready for what's ahead, and he knows he left his mark on the community.

"When I go into the school the response from the kids is not well there's the cop it's, hi Andy, and I don't see that in many places I've been to," said Deininger.

On Monday Jeanette Stankowski will take his spot, something she says will be an adjustment.

"It's going to be different without Chief Deininger around, he's been a staple in the community for many years," said Stankowski.

But like Deininger, she's ready. So as one chief says goodbye, another steps in.

Even though Chief Deininger is retiring from the department, he will now work for a manufacturing company in Wausau.

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