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tvc184 05-03-2021 03:57 AM

Thatís all folks!!
37 years, 3 months and 23 days later, my law enforcement career comes to an end at 7:30am this morning... 5-03-2021.

It has been one heck of a ride.

14 years on patrol, 3 years in detectives, almost 21 years as a supervisor with 16 as sergeant and 4 as a lieutenant.

Highway interdiction, assignment attached to US Customs, 10 years as FTO, 10 years on SWAT (8 as team leader), 3 years in command of the Street Crimes/gang unit, 15 years in command of Honor Guard, 2 years and only commander of Drone Unit, 2 years in command of SRT/Special Response Team, in charge of Police Explorers, 30 years as firearms instructor (FBI firearms instructor school), 31 years instructor at regional police academy, over 50 commendations and medals and..... all of that and $8 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbuckís. :)

I saw this accidentally on another forum a few days ago but it seems fitting. An officer was going on his last patrol in a couple of days and asked what it would be like trying to sleep before his last shift, like me, probably full of appreciation.... absolutely looking forward to the day and dreading it like a death in the family. Here is the response that another officer posted....

Author unknown;
When Cops Retire
When a good cop leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.

We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet . We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that 'Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,' and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

There are those that think they understand. And then . . . There are cops.

Next? Hunting, fishing, golf, traveling and whatever else I can find to occupy my time. Maybe even Bownanza finally.... :D

Z7e_--> 05-03-2021 04:03 AM

Congratulations and thank you for your service!

Pedernal 05-03-2021 04:29 AM

Congrats!! Thank you for your service.

I was listening to some radio traffic over the weekend. It's amazing how much border area state and local LEOs are doing on the human smuggling side. There were a bunch of FTYs in what sounded like stolen vehicles.

HeyMikey 05-03-2021 04:36 AM

Congratulations and enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

asttbe 05-03-2021 04:50 AM

Congratulations and thank you for your service. My son is on yr 2 of that journey.

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Uncle Saggy 05-03-2021 04:51 AM

Congrats and Thank You

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Yarbro55 05-03-2021 04:57 AM

Congrats. Happy for ya. I got 8 more years to go

glen 05-03-2021 04:59 AM

Congrats. Enjoy. You will feel younger and everyday is Saturday

Swampa 05-03-2021 05:03 AM

Congratulations and Thank You for your service!

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ttaxidermy 05-03-2021 05:11 AM

Thank you for your service and congratulations on your retirement... You earned it..

That sure is a lot of experience you are taking with you.. I bet you have a few stories!!! :)

miket 05-03-2021 05:14 AM

Congrats, enjoy your retirement. I appreciate your service!

Quackerbox 05-03-2021 05:22 AM

Congrats Lt.

Add me to the jealous crew. I got another 10 if I can make it that far. I hope in another 30 years there will be people that can say they did 30. Although I think it will be rare

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TxMedic 05-03-2021 05:38 AM

Congrats and enjoy your well-earned retirement!

CRM_95 05-03-2021 05:45 AM

Congrats!!! I have 7 years before I'm eligible and every day I wonder if I'll hang it up or if I'll stay. With the way things are looking I'll probably go. I think you timed it just right!! Have fun!!

buckerup 05-03-2021 05:50 AM

Thank you Sir and a big congrats!

louieagarcia 05-03-2021 05:57 AM

Congratulations sir!

Crazzy 05-03-2021 05:57 AM

Congratulations and Thank You!

Gladesgator 05-03-2021 06:03 AM

Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you a long, healthy and happy everyday is Saturday chapter in your life.

It is easy to see from your long list of accomplishments that you were all in on your law enforcement career. As, a retired Firefighter, I know that you will be missed at your Department.

You will miss the people and yes, the job never leaves you.

flywise 05-03-2021 06:06 AM

37 years, that’s amazing.
Congrats and enjoy

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Trapper76 05-03-2021 06:11 AM

Thank you for your service. Enjoy the rest of your journey, you deserve it!

AntlerCollector 05-03-2021 06:18 AM


Congrats and thanks for all you did to serve others. Enjoy your retirement sir.

Goldeneagle 05-03-2021 06:19 AM

Thank you for your service and congrats on retiring.

M16 05-03-2021 06:19 AM

Thank you for your service both as an officer and your valued contributions to the TBH community as well. Have a long and wonderful retirement!

2Lazy2P 05-03-2021 06:24 AM

Thank you for your service and I hope you enjoy your retirement.

deerwatcher51 05-03-2021 06:26 AM

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service.

doug 05-03-2021 06:27 AM

Congratulations! Like Glen said every day is Saturday! The good life starts today!

DM3 05-03-2021 06:34 AM

Congratulations sir. On year 24 of my retirement from the PD. There is a life afterwards enjoy.

Artos 05-03-2021 06:35 AM

Awesome!! Major congrats & do make the trip to nanza!!

You are Much appreciated!!

boy wonder 05-03-2021 06:37 AM

Congratulations! Now, enjoy your second childhood, with no adult supervision.....:)

Bmaker8709 05-03-2021 06:40 AM

Congratulations, that is an amazing achievement. Enjoy your retirement, sir.

Kossetx 05-03-2021 06:42 AM

Congratulations, and thanks for your service. You beat me out the door by 25 days.

Bone Thug 05-03-2021 06:50 AM

Big congrats on the retirement. Thank you and God Bless!!

Bayouboy 05-03-2021 06:56 AM

Congrats and good luck!
I am about 5 behind you.

NotJose 05-03-2021 06:58 AM

Yessir! Congrats on the retirement and thanks so very much for your service!

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Paycheck 05-03-2021 06:59 AM

Congrats to you and thanks for your service.

bloodtrailer28 05-03-2021 07:00 AM

Congratulations! Thank you for your service and I'd say you timed it just about right!

Old Goat1 05-03-2021 07:02 AM

No disrespect for veterans but thank your service.

TKC 05-03-2021 07:07 AM

Well done sir and congratulations!

Fishndude 05-03-2021 07:07 AM

Thank you and congrats!

Backwoods101 05-03-2021 07:09 AM

Congratulations! Thank you for your service, sounds like you did more than your share keeping us safe [emoji109]

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rut-ro 05-03-2021 07:10 AM

Congratulations my friend.

hoythunter02 05-03-2021 07:15 AM

Congratulations brother!

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Bucknaked 05-03-2021 07:15 AM

Yes Sir, Thank you so much for your service! Now, get out there and totally enjoy your well deserved retirement!

tps7742 05-03-2021 07:18 AM

Thank you for your service and congratulations on retiring to a slower pace of life. I have been retired 6 years now I highly recommend it.

Deadfall65 05-03-2021 07:20 AM

Thank you and all who protect and serve.

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chino 05-03-2021 07:22 AM

Thank you for your services

solocam_aggie 05-03-2021 07:27 AM

Well earned sir. Thank you for your service.

Smart 05-03-2021 07:28 AM

That is awesome TV.....congrats on your retirement and thank you for doing what you do....

But you forgot to add 13-14 years of setting TBH straight on laws and regulations to your list.....13-14 years of herding the armchair judges and newspaper police officers ...:p Of course you may not be retiring from that...:)

Don't be a stranger if the Port Arthur fishing events ever kick off again after the Covid goes on the backburner

MnM 05-03-2021 07:32 AM

Congrats and thank you for all you’ve done.

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