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The Mammoth Lakes Police Department lost longtime officer Jesse Gorham this week, and the town wonâ€™t be quite the same.
Gorham, who received his 15-year service award at the last Town Council Meeting, is retiring to Clendenin, W. Va., with his wife, Valerie, and three children, leaving Mammoth with a big gap on the force.
â€śWith his departure, and Marty Thompsonâ€™s departure earlier, that now makes me the largest member of the Police Department,â€ť quipped Chief Dan Watson. â€śIâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s a good thing.â€ť
Gorham began his law enforcement in San Diego in 1989, and was gracious in accepting the service award.
â€śI want to thank the people of Mammoth Lakes for the opportunity to work here and to have a career and to raise my family away from the perils of the city, which is what I was trying to escape for my children,â€ť he said.
â€śI put a serial rapist in prison 25 years to life, and I was instrumental in saving a woman who called 911. All we had was a first name and a hang-up, and we actually saved her life.
â€śWe interrupted her murder on Lupin St. Her boyfriend was in the process of strangling her to death.
â€śThose things will always be with me. I know Iâ€™ve touched peoplesâ€™ lives, so I thank you for the opportunity, and itâ€™s time to move on to a new chapter.â€ť