In the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote, “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” That’s especially true at the conclusion of a career.
A person spends three or four decades in a particular field, building a reputation and working by the sweat of his brow. That’s no small thing.
So when it comes time for that individual to hang up his proverbial hat, it’s a poignant moment, especially when a police officer retires.
Sarasota Police Department Officer Andre Jenkins showed us just why on April 28, 2018. According to WMAR, Jenkins offered his final 10-7 (which means “out of service”), capping a 30-year career.
Prior to uttering the words, Jenkins became overwhelmed with emotion, shaking his head and fighting back tears.
“I’d like to thank all my SPD family for the last 30 years of being by my side, and especially for today for making it a memorable one,” he said.
People said that Chattanooga Police Lt. Austin Garrett made his retirement announcement to his daughter, Haley Garrett, who was also his dispatcher.
“Twenty-five years of service,” the officer stated. “I’ll be out of service a final time.”
Then he told his daughter, “Be careful. Don’t forget who you are.”
Haley Garrett fought back tears during his sign off, but she still managed a tribute that would make any papa proud.
“Thank you for 25 years of service at the Chattanooga police department,” she said.
“You’ve been a mentor and great friend to many during your career. We all wish you well on your future endeavors.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I love you, daddy.”
Chattanooga Police Department also commented on his retirement and wrote in the caption of the video, “The Chattanooga PD thanks Lt. Garrett for his dedication, leadership, and service and may the best of the past be the worst of his future.”
After his retirement from the police department, Austin Garrett was sworn in as Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy on Feb. 11 with his family by his side.
Although we are sure he will miss his time on the police force, we are happy to see him continuing to serve his community and wish him the best of luck on his new job.
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