As Irish immigrants and their offspring tried to integrate into this new, wonderful world called America, many found the avenue of public service was their entree. For man of the irish, they chose the world of local politics and law enforcement.
My mother’s father (John F. Ryan) and grandfather (John P. Ryan) chose law enforcement as the vehicle to provide for their families and to be part of the American fabric.
John P. Ryan, my great grandfather, was the oldest policeman in the state of Iowa in 1937 at the age of 80 walking a beat as a Muscatine patrolman. His son, John F. Ryan, served along side him.
Here’s to all the law enforcement and first responders who protect and care for us!
-M. L. Furlong