When This Retiring Cop Made His Final Sign-Off, He Suddenly Heard His Son Talking Over The Radio

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Image: Facebook/Salem County 9-1-1 Center
Image: Facebook/Salem County 9-1-1 Center

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.

Image: Matt Popovich
Image: Matt Popovich

In 2016 Douglas Hogate Sr. was 50 years old and living in New Jersey. A committed family man, Hogate Sr. had also devoted a big part of his life to the police force. Indeed, he had risen to the rank of sergeant and had presumably worked to keep the Salem City community safe for 28 years.

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Image: Aaron Burden
Image: Aaron Burden

So what do you when you’ve protected and served your neighborhood for almost three decades? Well, for many police officers, it becomes time to take a well deserved break. And by April 2016, Hogate Sr. also felt that he needed to bring his career in the force to an end and retire.

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