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Long-time Officers to Retire Aug. 5

Posted August 2, 2019 in Uncategorized by David Ball

Two Hilliard police officers with a combined total of 61 years of service to the Hilliard community are retiring.

Officer Richard Quigley and Officer Brian Gano will be recognized Monday, Aug. 5.

Officer Rich Quigley

Officer Quigley is retiring after 32 years of service with Hilliard Division of Police. He began his law enforcement career in 1985, serving as an auxiliary police officer for Mifflin Township Police.  In 1987 he was hired as a reserve officer for Sharon Township Police before coming to Hilliard in July of that year.

Throughout the years Officer Quigley maintained an exceptional arrest record, leading the agency in traffic enforcement. Specifically, he targeted offenders driving with suspended licenses and earned a reputation for someone who had an internal radar for spotting criminal activity.

That radar was again demonstrated in 1995 when Officer Quigley noticed suspicious behavior and made a traffic stop. Despite being provided various aliases, he was able to extract the man’s actual name. Dispatch alerted Quigley that the man had an active warrant for aggravated murder from Cleveland police. The man was sentenced to life in prison.

He received many awards throughout his career, including being named Field Operations Employee of the Year in 2006. Officer Quigley has been described as consistent, motivated and proactive. One supervisor stated, “professionalism and integrity define Rich as a person.”

Officer Quigley has spent the last six years serving as a school resource officer at Hilliard Davidson High School, continuing to exhibit his compassion and servant mindset.  He has earned praise from staff members and created a good rapport with students.

Those relationships were proven in October 2016 when he was instrumental in recognizing, investigating and stopping a planned attack.

“His role was key to identifying the threat early and surely saved lives,” another supervisor said.

He has continued to gain the respect and trust of students, who provided him a new nickname on social media: the GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

“Rich has been a model of the agency’s core values during his years,” said Chief of Police Robert Fisher. “He has left a legacy of service within our schools and this community, and he will be missed.”

Due to his desire for an informal setting, HPD will honor his service with some presentations during first shift roll call on August 5.  

Officer Brian Gano

After 29 years of service to the Hilliard community, Officer Brian Gano is retiring.  His last day with the Division was Aug. 1. 

Officer Gano began his law enforcement career following four years of active duty in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant.  He completed his police officer training at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy and graduated in 1990.

He was hired by the Hilliard Division of Police on April 9, 1990.

Officer Gano has served in a number of different capacities while at HPD.  He was part of the agency’s training team for several years, sharing his passion and knowledge of firearms with others through training. He also served as a school resource officer at Hilliard Bradley High School. 

He has also been a long-time member of the agency’s bike patrol team, where he has had the opportunity to interact closely with members of the community.

Throughout the years Officer Gano has earned a reputation as someone who goes above and beyond when assisting members of the public, whether it’s changing a tire, offering advice or providing transportation.

He has received numerous recognitions for his accomplishments. In 2018 he was among those named the January Officers of the Month by Central Ohio Crime Stoppers for his work in safely capturing a man who was driving recklessly on the freeway’s closed construction lane. He received the agency’s Life Saving Commendation for the act.

“We thank Brian for his many years of service to the Hilliard community, and wish him the best as he embarks on his next chapter in life,” said Chief Fisher.

HPD will honor Officer Gano’s service to Hilliard at a retirement reception on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Safety Services Building.