Cop's Final Sign-off after 39-year Career

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Morgan Treasure : Major respect for the good cops like you sir! Thank you for your service and commitment to making the world a better place! Enjoy yourself, go have some fun you deserve it!

Barb Shelton : Many have asked why Dave didn't go all the way to 40 years while others have said they would have gone to 40. Dave originally wanted to retire at 40 years, but the closer he got to the end of those four decades, the sooner he wanted to retire... As you can see from many disrespectful, vile, hateful responses posted here (many of which I have deleted because I just didn't want my little corner of YouTube peppered with them), police officers deal with a LOT of CRAP ~ for lack of a better word (without getting profane myself). It's an extremely dangerous job, and one that takes a lot out of you over the years. Even over ONE year. I looked up the average life expectancy of a police officer, and one estimate is that it's 66 years, or 10.6 years after retirement, adjusted for age and gender. This is 10 years lower than the average for males in the US, which is 76 years of age. My husband, Dave, is 61. Our whole family ~ and a lot of other people who know and love him ~ want him to be around for a lot longer than just 5 more years! The longer he would have stayed on the job, the more it would have sapped out of him. And the less time we would have had with him. Would you rather live the last years of your life working at a dangerous, hazardous-to-your-health job? Or enjoying your family and life in general? Even just ONE year is a lot at this point. Besides, pension-wise there was no advantage to waiting another year. So he decided to just go ahead and retire at age 61. Yes, he loved his job. (No, he did not love shooting innocent people. [good grief!!!] In fact, he never even had to shoot his gun!!!!! We live in a smaller city; I know it's different in the big cities.) But he loves his family and doing things he loves... He fishes and loves making smoked fish, smoked cheese, pepperoni, and smokes them in the smoker he built! He loves cooking. In fact, he has done 75% of the cooking over our 42-year marriage, and when he retired, he took over cooking all dinners! (If I want to cook, I have to arrange it with him! :-D )... He and I do two Gramma/Grampa's Days a week ~ Mondays with two of the grandsons, and Thursdays with the other two. (We have a special needs grandson, so this works best.) When the boys were here this last Thursday, they helped Grampa make pepperoni ~ from scratch, even filling the casings with the meat they had ground and mixed the spices into! When the newspaper reporter came here yesterday to do a story on Dave, he fixed up a plate of his smoked cheese that he had sliced and arranged nicely on a plate, along with crackers. This is just what he does for pretty much ANY event we have here, or that we go to! (So you might consider inviting Dave to your event!!! :-D ) Here's a link to the story, "Retired Kelso cop reflects on 39 years of policing": And here's a link to my follow-up blog article: "'Was He a Good Cop?' ~ Eyewitnesses Share!" Ever heard the saying "The worst day fishing still beats the best day working." You can love a job, but still be very ready to retire when it's time. The fact that you cry when you do so doesn't mean you should keep working; it means you were in the right profession, and loved it.

Ess : So I have a question, are you able to chose when to retire? Why retire when you love the job so much? Does the police department offer incentives? I see the officers get emotional but they could stay for a few more years if they wanted to correct? What am I missing, sorry for not knowing ahead of time.

TuahJebat9800 : Thanks for the service sir. You will forever be the hero of this nation. When everyone's asleep, you're up awake roaming around the city to make sure the city's okay. When everyone are having a fun time with their families in the weekend, you're the one sweating just to make sure those families are having a great time by keeping up from the back. Actually, your sacrifice are more than what we could ever imagine and it can't be paid with a trophies or an award. And after sometime, it's finally time for you to rest on your back for a while and once again, thank you.

Michel Linschoten : Man put a lifetime into it, today's millennials can learn something from this

Jay Bubblez : Thank you for your duty much love and respect from Seattle,WA

ゴールドギャング™ : Jesus that must’ve been hard. Thank you for your service

• Mιנιη • : I like that they say a certain area is secure. Makes it sound awesome.

Cory Man : Thank you for your service from Ohio! You can tell he’s a very passionate man about his line of work. Time to relax and enjoy retirement. Well deserved.

SxG : Here before 1 million

ThatCarGuy : Thanks for your service! Huge amount of respect for you guys!

MrSapper21 : Officer Shelton, thank you for your service and for posting this beautiful video.

Andrew Austin : Blue lives matter

Detroit Mark 313 : *Thank you for your service*

Munozl360 : He loves his job.

AFO MD Airsoft : "Lets go ziplining!" lmao I love that

Latiume Vea : 39 years of well earned service. God bless.

Peace Keeper : Just entered my 5th year in federal law enforcement. Never met this old man in person but it would've been nice to learn something from him and his 39 years as a LEO. I trust and hope that you're enjoying the rest of your years with family and friends!

Michael Keyes : This is amazing to me. It may not be the same but i just heard my brothers last call at his funeral. This touched me just as hard. Thank you sir, Thank you for 39yrs of keeping people safer.

Zynix : Thank you for your service Dave! These prejudice comments are very disappointing knowing you're a great man! Wishing you and your wife a safe and happy rest of your lives -A happy man in Canada

Donut Operator : WATCH OUT! There are onion cutting ninjas here!!

X KING X : Why would people dislike

CaKe_Stratsy : 1000nd comment

TsargTv : Thank you for your service

SSKING 808 : Man I got major respect to all the cops in the world and to this one but mostly I am thankful to all those cops out there that have risked and gave their life for everyone to give us a safe place in the world and thank you for your service. and wow 39 years man this is a video that will make you happy and sad

Barb Shelton : Dave and I (his wife) have been blown away and blessed by all of the amazing, supportive comments from people wishing him well and congratulating him! Without even having met him, these people have given him the benefit of the doubt that he’s a good cop. Others expressed a *hope* that he’s a good cop and congratulated him anyway. Kudos to you for not assuming the worst! But I do think it’s a fair question to ask if he was a good cop! Just because you cry signing off for the last time, it doesn’t necessarily make you a good cop. Although this video of Dave really does depict who he really is! But, not knowing him, *you* would have no way of knowing that! However, there are many people who DO know… ...And actually came out of the woodwork with comments – all over Facebook! People who actually did know and/or had dealings with Dave throughout those 39 years! Want to hear from people who were actually pulled over by him, taken to jail by him, encouraged by him, taught by him, or worked in conjunction with him? (And guess what – absolutely NO one was shot by him!) This blog post answers: “Was He a Good Cop? – Eyewitnesses Share!”

Brick Studios : Good stuff.

maxmustafaful : I swear it's Bruce Willis

The Squirrel / MaddyMars : how did zipplining go?

JJ J : Time to go zip lining lol

Miss Jenny's Cleaning : Bless his heart! And bless the ladies for a heartfelt fair well too. ✌️💕🚔

Pexie : Thank you for your service.

Bridger K : Suck it up dude

George Arteaga : Thank you for your service. It's a true blessing to have gone almost 40 years protecting the people and putting your life before all of us. And for all of you talking about good cop/bad cop, would you take a bullet for someone else? Or are you going to keep running your mouth about how much of a better cop you can be.

Munozl360 : He loves his job.

Camera Crashcourse : Congrats, and thank you for your service!🙏 Don't listen to any of the punks who are wrting hate comments....I'll respond to anyone that comments any BS, and tell them what I think. Thanks again for what you did.

Skylar McLaughlin : This would be so hard to do. Much respect for you sir. 🙏🏼

country life : Thanks for your service

Futuristic Glitches : Thank you for your duty🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Jo H : Thank you sir

Baseball Universe : Thank you so much for your service!

david miner : That’s awesome; Thank you for your service!

robert hanney : “We’re done, lets go zip lining” Lol congrats man have a great retirement and thanks for your service

Barack Obama : Thank you for your service.

R Mac : Enjoy Your Well Earned Retirement!! No One Does 39 YEARS, Unless They LOVE IT!! Well, Except For Inmates That HAVE To Do 39 Years!! Haha!!

casillia DeSorbo : Thank you for your service.

BASEBALL INSPIRES 21 42 : Were done let's go ziplining 😂

Keith Oliver : I hope he has many years of zip lining ahead of him! Thank you for your service, sir! 🙂

I.c You : I hope this officer has a safe and amazing retirement. Thank u for ur service

imabeapirate : I hope the beer was perfect! cheers bru!