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Smith: No more Officer Evans in Eggtown

Something is about to go amiss from the streets of Petaluma.

For the first time in more than 40 years, there won't be a member of the Evans family wearing a badge and watching out for people.

Sgt. Ralph Evans will retire on Thursday after a distinguished quarter-century with the Petaluma Police Department. His brother, Steve, was a fine officer until he was hurt in a scuffle with a suspect and had to leave the force in 1996.

And Petalumans adored their dad, George, from the time he started as a volunteer with the police department in 1970. George Evans retired after about 25 years and went back to work as a private security officer.

He was in uniform and working when he collapsed and died in 2007 — at 73.

He'd surely be proud of what his son the retiring sergeant did for Petaluma — maybe a little sad that the PPD will no longer have an Evans on duty.

RUN IN WHAT? If you put on your underwear and tennies and take a run tonight or tomorrow, there's no telling what might happen.

But if you can hold off until April 12, you might have a blast with a bunch of other minimally dressed runners and raise some bucks to fight a frightful disease.

Coming to Howarth Park that Saturday is Sonoma County's first Undy 5000. It'll be a 5-kilometer walk/run for the Colon Cancer Alliance.


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