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A Chance Meeting with a Former PAPD Motor Officer

"I hope my daughter feels that way some day."

That was motorcycle Officer Roldan said after he met with a Mountain View resident and a former Palo Alto Police Department motor officer last week.

Last week, Officer Roldan and Officer Soloman, both of whom are on our traffic team, had stopped for a refuel at Starbucks (see what we did there?) after doing directed patrol at Springer Elementary School. While waiting for their orders, they were approached by a woman who told them her father, Bob Kauer, would have loved to see them in uniform as he too served as a motorcycle officer for the Palo Alto Police Department … back in 1959!

As the woman told us about her dad, she asked if our officers might be able to meet him. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity and headed over to his home.

It was one of the best visits ever.

Bob came out of his home with an incredible framed picture of him in uniform (and on his motorcycle!) and chatted with us about our work. He told us about how he recognized our boots – apparently apparel hasn’t changed all that much for motor officers in the last few decades -- and we were even able to take a picture with him and hear about how proud he was to serve the Palo Alto community for over 20 years.

When our officers came back to the department and reflected on their chance meeting with Bob, Officer Roldan summed it up: “I hope my daughter feels that way some day.”

To Bob and his family, thank you for those special moments we shared last week. It was something our motor officers will cherish, and it was great to hear about the history, legacy and pride that Bob shares with his family about his time and a police officer.

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