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Antique 1940s Gainesville police badge enters departments historic collection
Retired Gainesville Police Capt. Chad White talks about the history of the Gainesville Police Department at his Hall County home April 9. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Almost 70 years after Cecil Guest left the Gainesville Police Department, his badge will be turned in for good. Guest’s antique badge will join the department’s history display, an item returning to law enforcement after decades of new ownership. Though the badge’s journey is unclear, it wound up in the hands of Michael Richards, who at age 9 broke his leg playing football at Main Street Elementary School and spent months at home recuperating.