Cassville officer brags on boss, washes car every day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Cassville Police Office Anthony Larson says he washes the vehicle he drives every single day before his evening shift starts, because he wants to represent the city he works for, and his boss whom he admires, as best he can. Julia Kilmer/

Officer: ‘She’s a great leader, through and through’

Some people wash their cars on a regular basis, such as once a week or once a month, while others are notorious for only washing them once in a blue moon.

But for Cassville City Officer Anthony Larson there’s is only one way to make sure a vehicle looks its best, so he washes the police vehicle he drives every single day, before his shift starts at 6 p.m.


Because of his boss.

“Our Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr reflects and represents our Department at the highest level,” he said. “She maintains her professionalism and integrity and respect 100 percent of the time. That’s why I wash my car. I try to represent my city the best I can, and that starts by my attitude and my appearance.

“I want to represent my city with the professionalism and integrity and respect that my Chief does. Someday, I hope to represent my city exactly how she does. Washing my car is only a small step in my daily routine.

“It is nice when officers take the initiative and pride to keep the vehicles clean,” Kammerlohr said. “It seems this is the first thing that Officer Larson does when he comes on duty. As calls allow, I have seen officers washing their vehicles without being instructed to by command staff. This becomes harder in the winter when the temperatures are below freezing.”

According to Larson, the deep respect he has for his boss started long ago.

“Dana has been a role model to me since I was a kid,” he said. “I grew up in this town and loved her. Her love for K9, which is eventually what I want to do, sparked my interest in law enforcement. She’s a great leader through and through, no doubt. That is the reason why I do clean my car and try to look top-notch.”

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