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Old 05-03-2021, 03:57 AM   #1
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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....

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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....
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:03 AM   #2
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Congratulations and thank you for your service!
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:29 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:36 AM   #4
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Congratulations and enjoy your well-deserved retirement.
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:50 AM   #5
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Congratulations and thank you for your service. My son is on yr 2 of that journey.


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Old 05-03-2021, 04:51 AM   #6
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Congrats and Thank You


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Old 05-03-2021, 04:57 AM   #7
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Congrats. Happy for ya. I got 8 more years to go
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:59 AM   #8
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Congrats. Enjoy. You will feel younger and everyday is Saturday
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:03 AM   #9
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Congratulations and Thank You for your service!


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Old 05-03-2021, 05:11 AM   #10
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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!!!

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Old 05-03-2021, 05:14 AM   #11
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Congrats, enjoy your retirement. I appreciate your service!
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:22 AM   #12
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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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Old 05-03-2021, 05:38 AM   #13
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Congrats and enjoy your well-earned retirement!
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:45 AM   #14
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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!!
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:50 AM   #15
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Thank you Sir and a big congrats!
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:57 AM   #16
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Congratulations sir!
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:57 AM   #17
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Congratulations and Thank You!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:03 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:06 AM   #19
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37 years, that’s amazing.
Congrats and enjoy
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:06 AM   #20
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:11 AM   #21
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Thank you for your service. Enjoy the rest of your journey, you deserve it!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:18 AM   #22
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QUITTER!!!!







Congrats and thanks for all you did to serve others. Enjoy your retirement sir.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:19 AM   #23
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Thank you for your service and congrats on retiring.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:19 AM   #24
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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!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:24 AM   #25
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Thank you for your service and I hope you enjoy your retirement.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:26 AM   #26
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Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:27 AM   #27
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Congratulations! Like Glen said every day is Saturday! The good life starts today!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:34 AM   #28
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Congratulations sir. On year 24 of my retirement from the PD. There is a life afterwards enjoy.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:35 AM   #29
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Awesome!! Major congrats & do make the trip to nanza!!

You are Much appreciated!!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:37 AM   #30
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Congratulations! Now, enjoy your second childhood, with no adult supervision.....
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:40 AM   #31
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Congratulations, that is an amazing achievement. Enjoy your retirement, sir.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:42 AM   #32
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Congratulations, and thanks for your service. You beat me out the door by 25 days.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:50 AM   #33
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Big congrats on the retirement. Thank you and God Bless!!
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:56 AM   #34
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Congrats and good luck!
I am about 5 behind you.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:58 AM   #35
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Yessir! Congrats on the retirement and thanks so very much for your service!


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Old 05-03-2021, 06:59 AM   #36
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Congrats to you and thanks for your service.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:00 AM   #37
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Congratulations! Thank you for your service and I'd say you timed it just about right!
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:02 AM   #38
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No disrespect for veterans but thank your service.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:07 AM   #39
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Well done sir and congratulations!
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:07 AM   #40
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Thank you and congrats!
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:09 AM   #41
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Congratulations! Thank you for your service, sounds like you did more than your share keeping us safe


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Old 05-03-2021, 07:10 AM   #42
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Congratulations my friend.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:15 AM   #43
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Congratulations brother!

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Old 05-03-2021, 07:15 AM   #44
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Yes Sir, Thank you so much for your service! Now, get out there and totally enjoy your well deserved retirement!
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:18 AM   #45
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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.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:20 AM   #46
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Thank you and all who protect and serve.


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Old 05-03-2021, 07:22 AM   #47
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:27 AM   #48
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Well earned sir. Thank you for your service.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:28 AM   #49
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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 ... 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
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:32 AM   #50
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Congrats and thank you for all you’ve done.
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