Opp Police Range Dedicated To Former Police Chief


By Amanda Wade

In Opp, the former police chief, who passed away four years ago, was honored by naming the police gun range after him.

More than 50 people were at the Opp Firing Range, but they were not there for target practice; They were honoring the memory of former police chief, Johnny Ray Metcalf.

Metcalf served in the police department for 30 years; 13 of those at police chief.

Officers say Metcalf was a main organizer in bringing the range to Opp, "From the time the bulldozer hit the ground here and started pushing dirt, Johnny Ray was here. He'd rather be out here any day than sitting in his office," says Opp Police Captain, Mark Kaiser.

Metcalf died in 2010 from health complications.

Although he retired from the police department in 1999, officers and his wife, Pauline Metcalf, say he was involved with the department until his passing, "He loved his people. He loved his workers and this was just something that he wanted to do so they could have the fellowship and all that they always have, and the love for each other that they have. It was very humbling and I know he's looking down on us saying, 'I appreciate this.'"

There is now also a street sign at the entry gate to the range that say Metcalf Road.

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