“It’s emotional for anyone to arrive at the end of a long, successful, and productive career, but for police officers who put their lives on the line every time they don their uniform and head out for another shift, there’s even more of an element of joy, relief, and gratitude for having physically survived a law enforcement career!
And, amazingly and almost surrealistically, Dave had made it to his last shift! Later on in the day, I had the privilege of going riding with him. Two reasons: It was my last time to see him in action on whatever his last few calls would be! Plus, of course, I wanted to be there to see his final sign-off.”
“Knowing full well he would cry when actually signing off, Dave nonetheless allowed our son-in-law, Sam Sanden, to record the event. Not just audio, but video, too! Now that takes a real man!”