People aren’t perfect. Sure we’ve been bombarded with stories about cops being racist and general douchebags over the past few years, but even though there are undoubtedly a few bad apples in every bunch that’s no reason to forget there are even more who care about the work they do in an earnest way. And one policeman, Officer Duane Ledoux, dedicated a whopping 32.5 years of his life to serving the people of Massachusetts before he decided it was time to call it quits.
On June 25h, Officer Ledoux called into the Southbridge Police Station to make his final farewell, completely unaware that his son, Nate Ledoux, had flown from the other side of the country just so he could answer the call back to him.
“It is my sincere pleasure to announce that on this day, after 32.5 years of service, my father, Southbridge Police Officer Duane Ledoux, is retiring and has given his final code five,” Nate says over the radio. “It is my honor to acknowledge this code five, to set free a man who has sacrificed so much of his time for all of us, so that he may spend the rest of his life discovering new craft beer, exploring this beautiful country, and most importantly, chasing glory.”
The Southbridge Police also caught the station’s reaction to the heartwarming goodbye, as Nate told his father “Dad, you are officially code five.”
“Too much to say, but thank you,” Officer Ledoux says as he tries to keep back the tears. “To everyone in my family, everyone I’ve served with, and to my boys. Time to go home. Thank you.”
It’s a shame we don’t get to see more stories like these – we get to see the hurt, violence, and generally anything that’ll make at least a few dozen people want to go and grab their pitchforks, but when it comes to the news that makes you smile you may as well shove your head into a bag and smash it through a wall. So congratulations to Officer Ledoux – not just for your 32.5 years of service, but for being an exemplary officer who brought honor to the title as well.