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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Mitchell Community will miss MPD Officer Mike Bargo who goes back home to family

MITCHELL - JANUARY 27, 2024 - Officer Mike Bargo came to Mitchell, Indiana Police Department five years ago who lived up to the responsibility and his duty of the job, to protect and serve.

Officer Bargo going above and beyond to make the community a safe place to live and work.

Photo: Mitchell Police Officer Mike Bargo and his K-9 Koah

In the short five years this police officer left a huge impact on the community he became a part of and was welcomed as their family.

Photo: Mitchell Police Department

Friday night it was evident to both Officer Bargo and the community that sometimes saying goodbye really is hard to do. Yes a few tears shed, but his friends and law enforcement family celebrated and had a evening of fun to send officer Bargo back to his home state of Tennessee.

Photo: Mitchell Police Chief Troy Loboski poses with Sgt. Bargo Friday night

This week was a bittersweet moment as Officer Bargo completed his last shift for the department he has grown to love and appreciate.

His leadership has been essential to the small Indiana community in building up their police department.

" This has been the best, being a part of this small town. The community opened their arms to me, we all had some high and lows but truly meant the best to me. This place has became my secondary home, everyone in this room has became family," said Officer Bargo.

His extended family planned a get together at El Compadre's Restaurant in Mitchell Friday night to officially say good bye and let them know how much they love and appreciate him throughout the years.

" This was my first department with the whole department becoming home to me. The officers here are truly family, and this is the best community to be in, especially for as a police officer. Not only do you have support of the community but your police chief Loboski, but Mayor Caudell and the previous Mayors," added Officer Bargo.

Photo: Officer Bargo giving one of his fans a high five

" I am headed back home to be with the family, and been away for quite sometime and they are getting older. I do not want to live in regret, I am a family guy and want to spend time with them, and actually have time to go and see them,"

" Bargo will probably be the best training officers and always will be the best training officer sergeant we ever had. He trained about 75 percent at that table here this evening. His impact is huge, and there is no replacement for that he has just spent his own time and money to make training simulation real. In a small department training is important, as they face the same situations that larger departments deal with. Training is a commodity that if you do not use it you loose it. The more you train and go through those scenarios the more your better prepared," said Mitchell Police Officer Aj Enders

The evening was filled with laughs, shenanigans and some whipped cream, but the night was amazing.

" On behalf of a grateful city we honor the dedication and service of Officer Bargo. Our city's loss is going to be another city gain and we will miss him greatly," stated Mitchell Mayor Don Caudell.

On behalf of the Lawrence County community good luck Officer Bargo and thank you for your service.

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