Monday, September 04, 2000

Gas station worker recalls how officer worked his beat

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A man who made one of the first 911 calls to police early Friday morning in the Officer Kevin Crayon case recalled Sunday the casual friendship he and the officer shared.

        Robert Carney, 43, of Mount Airy and a cashier at the Thornton gas station at Colerain and North Bend, said neither knew each other's name.

        However, Officer Crayon would “come in two, three, four times a night checking on me,” Mr. Carney said. Sometimes, the policeman would freshen his coffee.

        When he couldn't stop, Officer Crayon drove past the pumps and waved, “Just to make sure you're safe.”

        Mr. Carney said he knew a police officer had been hurt, but it was two hours before anyone told him whose body lay on Colerain Avenue. “I really got tore up.”

        Officer Crayon worked an overnight shift in District 5, Cincinnati's most sprawling police district. He patrolled Camp Washington, Clifton, College Hill, Fairview, Mount Airy, Northside, South Cumminsville, UC, University Heights, Winton Hills and Winton Place.

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