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New BVPD Officer Takes Oath and January 2024 Declared General Aviation Month
January 13, 2024
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  • At the start of the BOT meeting, Buena Vista Police Department (BVPD) Chief Dean Morgan read the Oath of Office to new Police Officer Meghan Schoonover. Schoonover’s family was in attendance as she accepted her badge and swore to protect the citizens of Buena Vista.

    Schoonover recently graduated from the Pikes Peak State College Law Enforcement Academy.

    After the new officer took the oath, Mayor Libby Fay read a proclamation declaring that January 2024 be known as General Aviation Appreciation Month.

    Colorado aerobatic pilot Dagmar Kress in her Pitts S-2C appeared at the Salida Airport Air Fair Saturday, June 26, 2021. Courtesy photo.

    “General aviation not only supports Colorado’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief, investments in sustainable fuels and technologies, and investments in innovative experimental technology like Vertical Takeoff and Landing vehicles, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely,” read Fay.

    The proclamation continued, “The United States faces a shortage of aviation professionals; leaders should invest in this critical infrastructure to ensure future economic growth and our next generation of aviation professionals and pilots.”