Well, I finally made it. After 24 years, I finally hung up the guns. Last night was my last official night as a police officer. I got home last night, and the wife had set up a surprise party for me. It was very nice.
I have had a blessed career. I had the opportunities to do and see things most never will. I have got to work with some of the best people you will ever know.
Unfortunately, the job has changed quite a bit in the last decade. The contempt for police nationwide, and the media using their platform and political agenda to vilify us has taken a big toll on us.
I have never seen so many officers looking to retire early, find different jobs, start a business and just not want to come to work anymore. The first 10 years of my career, guys were still in their mid-50’s and loved to come to work. Now, guys are trying to get out as fast as they can. This should scare the hell out of America.
Here in the Treasure Valley, we have nearly 100% support from the community, but with City leadership following the national narratives and following what “the big cities” around the country are doing, I predicted several years ago that Boise would go down as Portland East. Sad, really, but that is where it is headed. I want no part of it.
I want to take a second to say thank you to a few people.
My mom and dad, they supported me and did all they could to help me get into this career. They are awesome.
My wife, Renee’. She won’t see this because she does not have FB, but she was with me before I got hired as a police officer and stood by with me through the ups and downs of a career that started the same month we got married, 24 years ago. She is incredible.
My kids. I know my job has probably been very hard for them as well. I can’t imagine having a cop for a dad. But, they both have turned out to be great young adults. I have to give credit to my wife again for this. But I will take credit for their salty attitudes and sense of humor.
I thought I would get emotional last night, but I did not. I think it is because I have been mentally retired for about 18 months now, going through the motions at work. I apologize to my fellow officers for this. But, after having my neck surgery, I realized I probably could not be the officer I had been for so long. Add that to the drama with the riots, protests, etc. I started looking towards retirement and what I would do.
I started my junk removal business 1 year ago. It has been way more successful than I thought. Thanks to my Dad, who has busted his ass to help me on jobs, teach me how to do different things. He is frickin’ amazing. Also, my father-in-law for allowing me to use his utility trailer to get started. Thank you, sir!
I have prayed for success in my business, and I believe the Lord has 100% helped me be as successful as I have been.
I am going to take a week off. Yep, take a little vacation and celebrate my 24th anniversary with my wife, retirement, and a new business. Rest, relax, recharge and reload. Then go all in on my new path.
I thank all of you that have been a part of my career, and my life.
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