The day a person retires is always a big day met with lots of different emotions. There is the joy that comes knowing you have made it to the finish line, but there is also sadness when it hits you that you will be leaving people, a place, and a job that made up a significant portion of your life.
When retiring Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr. gave his final Code 3 – meaning he was signing off the radio – the moment was an especially emotional one.
“That’ll be Code 3 for the final time,” he said into his radio.
Then he heard a familiar voice. The voice of his son, Douglas Hogate Jr., a 911 dispatcher came 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,” he 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.”
Sgt. Hogate couldn’t help but tear up as his son gave him the honor he deserved. The emotional moment has since gone viral and has been viewed and shared millions of times.
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