Jim Walsh leaves Summit law enforcement after 28 years
FRISCO – Officer Jim Walsh, known by some as the “King of Frisco,” turned in his Frisco Police Department badge last week.
“I am pretty much ready to go, but it is bittersweet,” Walsh said. “Nobody can be in a community in my capacity and leave without it hurting a little. But my friends are still my friends, and I’m looking forward to civilian life, since so much of my adult life has been spent in uniform.”
Walsh spent 28 years in law enforcement in Summit County, the last 25 as an officer in Frisco.
One of the highlights of Walsh’s career was founding and organizing the Pumpkin Bowl, an annual charity football game between Summit County’s police officers and firefighters.
In 16 years before its demise, the game raised $700,000 for children’s charities, including the burn center at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Another of Walsh’s career highlights was recovering the historic bell that had been stolen out of the cupola of the Old School House on Main Street about 40 years ago.
“On Christmas Eve, a group of us brought a fire truck over and spent the whole day putting the bell back in place. We invited everyone in the town to come down, and we rang it at midnight.
“It was a very interesting investigation, and now I know that bell was returned to its proper place, and I had a lot to do with it,” Walsh said.
Even when he wasn’t raising money for children or recovering historic artifacts, Walsh showed his dedication and love for the community.
When he was working the night shift, he could often be found giving locals a ride home from the bar when they’d had too much to drink.
“A law enforcement officer is exactly that, but we’re also servants to the community. I have so many fond memories of the people of the town of Frisco. They’re special to me, and they’ve always shown me that I’m special to them,” Walsh said.
At 51, Walsh is leaving the public sector to pursue another love: Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He will manage a yet-to-open full-service dealership in Dillon.
“I’ve been involved with Harley-Davidsons since I was 15,” Walsh said. “I have an absolute love for the machine. The company is such a legend in American automotive history.
“When I walk in and see all those bikes, I’m like, ‘Hello, girls.’ If you want to see someone’s face light up, come talk to me about Harley-Davidsons.”
Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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