Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr. has served his community for 28 years. So it was an emotional moment for him, when he reached his day of retirement and heard this over the radio in his squad car:
“It is with great pleasure to announce that as of today, March 24, 2016 at 1800 hours, after 28 years of service, Salem City Police Sgt. Douglas Hogate Sr., Badge #612, is retiring and has given his final Code 3. The Salem County 9-1-1 Center would like to wish Sgt. Hogate a Happy Retirement & wish him all the best!”
When he hears the words, the sergeant can’t hold back the tears! But what’s even more heartwarming is that it’s Hogate’s own son who’s the voice on the other end of the radio. Douglas Hogate Jr. is a dispatcher at Salem County Dispatch Center and wanted to be the one to give his dad the very special message.
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