When a person retires, it is always a big day, with a lot of emotions. There is a joy knowing that you have actually made it to the finish line, but that is also a tinge of sadness that you would be leaving people, a job and a place that you might have considered to be a significant part of your life.
Salem city police Sgt Douglas Hogate Sr was giving his final court three, which meant that he was signing of the radio, and it was an especially emotional moment due to what happened next.
“ That’ll be code three for the final time.” He said into his radio.
That was when he heard a very familiar voice, which was the voice of his son Douglas Hogate Jr who was a 911 dispatcher coming through the radio.
“It is with great pleasure to announce that as of 1800 hours on this date, after 28 years of service, my father, Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr., Badge #612, is retiring and is giving his final Code 3,” the younger Hogate said. “It is my honor as Salem County PST Douglas Hogate Jr. to acknowledge his Code 3 to the greatest man I know. Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr., Badge #612, you are officially Code 3 at 1800 hours.”
On hearing this, his father could not help but tear up as his son has given him the honour that it deserved. This was a pretty emotional moment and it has gone viral, being shared millions of times.
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