While most people are sympathetic and grateful to the public works crews who worked long hours this week trying to get snow off our roads, Roeland Park police had even more reason to give a thank you to one member of its public works crew.
And the unusual task he was charged with warranted an unusual thank-you gift: a holster used in the production of the Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
For going beyond the call of duty, Roeland Park’s Doug Thorell was recognized this morning by the Roeland Park police for Thorell’s work last Sunday when he was called out to help on the case of a body found in a wooded area near the Boulevard Apartments.
The area where the body was discovered is heavily wooded and investigators could not remove it without having a path cleared. Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris said Thorell is “our go-to guy. He is always there to help.” On this call, police asked him to clear the way for investigators and emergency personnel. It was cold, slippery and the body had to be protected.
It was not the usual day at work. Public Works Director Dave Mootz said, “we knew … he was the one to call.” Thorell said it was the most unusual work assignment he has received since joining the department in 1985.
And how did Morris happen to have a holster from a movie set? Morris’s nephew, Adam Carr, worked on the movie in 2011 as a production assistant and acquired it for him. The holster was worn by actor Mathew Modine, who played ‘Foley,’ in a riot scene. For gun enthusiast Thorell, he thought it was a good present.
While this work assignment and gift were unusual, Mootz said ranking right up there was the call a few years ago when the caller said that they witnessed a body being buried in Nall Park. Public works was asked to unearth the grave and did come up with a body – that of a dog.