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Ore. city's concrete police pig back in pink

Ore. city's concrete police pig back in pink
This undated photo supplied by the Astoria Police Department shows Michael Peden, 16, an Eagle Scout candidate, with a concrete pig he helped restore for the police department in Astoria, Ore. The pig was dropped off in 1993 by someone whose motive wasn't clear and two decades have taken their toll, washing off the pink paint, pitting the surface and loosening the ears. Now, the department has stationed the restored pig in a more prominent location, as it said in a press release, “at the entrance to the Police Department parking area, watching the comings and goings of police officers." (AP Photo/Astoria Police Department)
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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria Police Department's concrete pig is back in the pink and ready for another 20 years of duty.

The Daily Astorian reports the pig was dropped off at the station in 1993 by someone who didn't stay to explain the gift.

Unoffended, the police promptly adopted the animal and left it in place.

But two decades took a toll, washing off the pink paint, pitting the surface, loosening the ears.

Michael Peden, the 16-year-old grandson of a department administrator, took on the restoration chores as an Eagle Scout project.

Now the department has stationed the restored pig in a more prominent location, as it said in a news release, "at the entrance to the Police Department parking area, watching the comings and goings of police officers."
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