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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

OPD officer safely returns home after one-year deployment

An Ocala Police Department officer who also serves as a sergeant in the Army National Guard has safely returned home from his one-year deployment.

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A crowd gathers at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport to welcome the soldiers home (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)

Earlier this week, Detective Boyer and Officer Cortez were at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport to greet Officer Powell after he stepped off the plane.

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Officer Powell being greeted at the airport by Detective Boyer and Officer Cortez (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)
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Officer Powell being greeted at the airport by Detective Boyer and Officer Cortez (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)
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Officer Powell (center) with Detective Boyer and Officer Cortez (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)

Officer Powell’s year-long deployment was spent overseas in Kuwait, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, according to OPD.

In a social media post, the Ocala Police Department stated, “Thank you, Officer Powell, for your service to our country. Welcome home.”