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This page is dedicated to my dear friend and patch collecting "mentor", Chuck Kobel who passed away on May 12th, 2008. 

I first met Chuck in 1986 as a rookie cop. I had just gotten into collecting German police patches. I was introduced to him by a fellow officer who knew Chuck also collected German patches. It began a friendship that spanned twenty years.

Chuck was a devoted patch collector who regularly attended the Mineola, NY patch show and a host of others in Florida after he retired. If you attended any of these shows in the past twenty years you probably ran into him. 

When I think of how the hobby used to be, Chuck is the person who comes to mind. He was a fair and honest trader. I look back on how he took me under his wing and helped me out.  I've tried to pay that kindness back by treating new collectors the same way.

On a professional level, Chuck was a "Cop's Cop". A highly decorated veteran, he was awarded the department Medal of Valor in 1980. He served in the legendary NYPD Tactical Patrol Force and later went on to serve in the departments Mounted Unit.  An injury sustained while in the Mounted Unit ultimately led to his line of duty retirement. He epitomized the department motto "Fidelis Ad Mortem"

Chuck was also a veteran, having proudly served in his beloved Marine Corps.  Semper Fi, My Friend.

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