I graduated from the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy 06 AUG 1993.
I retired from law enforcement 14 APR 2020.
It was a good ride. There were fun moments, tearful ones, times that broke my heart, and moments of exultation.
There are ghosts who whisper from the shadowed corners of my bedroom at 4am — ones that I never would have thought would be there; and others who probably should be there, but have never showed.
I have seen the ten thousand ways that man is inhumane to man; but I have also seen the nobility in everyday people, and that has been a rare and precious gift.
But it was time for me to go, and given the recent events, I probably didn’t retire too soon.
So, on to the next phase in my life. I think — and Herself agrees — that I should probably try being serious about this whole Writing Thing.
We shall see.
20+ years. Bloody hell.