Officer Gerald Dixon of the Edmond Police Department in Oklahoma has retired after 38 years on the force.
He released a heartfelt video signing off for the final time with some emotional parting words.
“I thank God for the time. I thank you for the privilege and the honor – the honor to serve with the finest men and women in law enforcement,” Dixon said while tearing up. “Thanks for the memories. Thanks for the friendship. It has been a good ride.”
The dispatcher then replied, “We thank you for your faithful and dedicated service to this community. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement. May God bless you with everything you do.”
After signing off, his fellow officers sent congratulations and “thank you’s” over the radio, with one officer saying “good luck Gerald. You’ll always be part of the family.”
Earlier this month, the Edmond Police Department acknowledged his retirement in a social media post.
“For 32 years, he’s been a friend/mentor to countless EPD employees. As an SRO for 13 of those years, he’s positively impacted the lives of Edmond’s kids.”
Dixon worked with the D.A.R.E. program and as a school resource officer, impacting the lives of many kids, according to a News9 story.
“If you’re ever at a football game or basketball game standing next to Gerald and a hundred kids will come up and say, ‘Mr. Dixon – Officer Dixon,’” said Deputy Chief Tim Dorsey.
U.S. Representative Stephanie Bice recognized his service on the House floor as well. “I rise today to honor the life and service of Sgt. Gerald Dixon of the Edmond Police Department,” he said.
As for retirement plans, Dixon isn’t sure. But he will definitely relax and get much-needed rest.