Being a police officer can often be a thankless and dangerous vocation. But when one U.S. police sergeant decided it was time to throw in the towel after an impressive 28 years on the job, his send-off melted hearts all over the world.
In 2016, Douglas Hogate Sr. was a 50-year-old man living in New Jersey. A committed family man, Hogate Sr. had also devoted a big part of his life to the police force. He had risen to the rank of sergeant and had worked to keep the Salem City community safe for 28 years.
He had dedicated himself to protecting and serving his community for almost three decades. By April 2016, however, Hogate Sr. felt that it was time to bring his career in the force to an end and retire.