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Retired police horse dies; ‘Mr. President’ served Ocean City for 17 years

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

The Ocean City Police announced the death of one of its long-serving quarter horses this week:

It is with great sadness that the Ocean City Police Department shares the news of the passing of a veteran police horse, Mr. President, who passed away on December 2, 2015. Mr. President joined the department in 1994 and loyally served the Ocean City community for over 17 years before his retirement in July 2010.

During his tenure as a police horse, Mr. President was known for his speed and durability. He routinely patrolled the south end of Ocean City and was involved in several arrests, crowd control scenes, crime prevention events, and search and rescue incidents.

Mr. President was a strong asset to the OCPD Mounted Unit during his time as a police horse. As the senior horse in the OCPD stable for many years, Mr. President was often tasked with assisting in the training of both new police horses and new riders.

After a successful career and 17 years of dedication, Mr. President lived out his retirement on a farm in Worcester County where he continued to be cared for by his long-time rider, Retired Corporal Ray Land. R/Cpl. Land was by Mr. President’s side as he passed.

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