Still patrolling strong at 100 years old

Review story and photos by Emmitt B. Feldner


RETIRED MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER Gordon Moll celebrated his 100th birthday Friday with a party at Salem Greene apartments, where he lives. Among those honoring the oldest living retiree from the MIlwaukee police were a delegation from that department (above), Plymouth Police Chief Jeffrey Tauscheck (left) and dozens of fellow residents and well-wishers (below). RETIRED MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER Gordon Moll celebrated his 100th birthday Friday with a party at Salem Greene apartments, where he lives. Among those honoring the oldest living retiree from the MIlwaukee police were a delegation from that department (above), Plymouth Police Chief Jeffrey Tauscheck (left) and dozens of fellow residents and well-wishers (below). PLYMOUTH – Presented with a lifetime membership card to the Milwaukee Retired Police Association, retired police officer Gordon Moll jokingly asked if it meant he no longer would have to pay dues to the association every year.

That presentation – and response – came Friday as Moll celebrated his 100th birthday at the Salem Greene apartments here.

More than 100 family, friends, well-wishers and fellow residents crowded a common room for cake, ice cream and quips from the guest of honor – the oldest living Milwaukee Police Department retiree.

Among those present were Milwaukee Police Department Assistant Chief Carianne Yerkes, Inspector Stephen Bastiny and Sgt. Dan Wesolowski, along with Marianne Kwiatkowski, Wray Young and Kathy Schult of the retired police association.

Yerkes presented Moll – who served 28 years with the department before retiring in 1970 – with a copy of his appointment letter to the department from 1942 that listed his fellow new officers.

Asked by Yerkes if he remembered the other names on the list, Moll quipped,

Yeah, but they’re all dead.”

The spry centenarian kept the proceedings lively with his jokes and jests.

Plymouth Police Chief Jeffrey Tauscheck was on hand to present Moll with a proclamation from Mayor Donald Pohlman honoring him on his 100th birthday.

Family members were also present, including Moll’s son Al, who came all the way from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Al told the crowd that his father had earlier received a congratulatory phone call from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The first thing his father did when he answered the call, Al related, was to thank the mayor for the recent increase in his pension check.

After retiring, Moll moved to Random Lake – where he served two terms on the Village Board in the early 1990s, and later to Salem Greene.

Moll spent several days before his party recalling his days on the Milwaukee police force, including for correspondent Sue Mroz in The Sounder.

“We had no hand-held radios and little backup,” Moll told Mroz of his days as a patrol officer. “We had to walk with a suspect to a call box that could be more than a block away and that could be dangerous when walking an uncooperative suspect.”

Among the highlights of his career, Moll told Mroz, was providing security for movie stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis for a filming in Milwaukee and providing security for the team owner’s limousine when the Milwaukee Braves won the 1957 World Series.


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