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Officer Retiring After 30 Years Goes Out in Style Dancing to 'Footloose' During Final Sign-Off

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Signing off for the last time is a rite of passage for retiring law enforcement officers. For many, it’s an emotional time to reflect on all that has happened throughout their careers and involves the people who are closest to them.

Most include a little extra during their final sign-off, but usually, it’s a few extra words — for this officer, the final good-bye featured more than just words.

The recording shows Officer Cory Burrows signing off in a fairly typical manner.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege,” he said over the radio. The voice on the other side thanked him for his service.

Then Barrows switched gears: “But first — I’m gonna cut loose!”

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Barrows jumped out of the car as he cranked up “Footloose” and started dancing on the blacktop. After a moment, he threw his arms in the air and shouted, “I’m done!”

“Anyone who knows Cory Barrows knows he had to go out in style to his infamous song!” his wife, Lisa Simpson-Barrows, wrote in the video’s caption. “I think I cried more than he did!!

“Not sure if it’s because he’s leaving a job that he loved with all his heart, that I know he is going to miss so very much, or the fact that I’m now stuck with him 24/7!! It’s been a great ride for 30 years, but now he’s ‘Footloose’!”

The video highlighting Barrow’s good sense of humor has since been picked up by multiple outlets and shared around the world.

But all was not as it seemed. Apparently, Barrows was challenged to dance by his wife, who thought it would be a fitting way to kick off retirement.

“I didn’t want to actually do it,” Barrows said, according to the Herald&Review. “My wife suggested it because she thought it would be funny to share.”

To be fair, Barrows was known for his moves to that particular song, so his wife’s request wasn’t completely random. In fact, the officer normally gets a little more extreme than the short clip showed.

“I usually go down and do the splits,” he explained, “but I didn’t do it with all the equipment.”

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It seems that he was happy with the way it went, though, adding a little levity to an otherwise somber affair.

“I think making a sign-off video the way I did made it a little easier for me to handle,” Barrows said.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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