A Massachusetts police department turned an officer’s final radio call into a family affair—making it even more emotional than expected.
On July 25, Officer Duane Ledoux retired from the Southbridge Police Department after 30 years of service.
In a live video posted on Facebook, his fellow officers can be heard acknowledging Ledoux for years of hard work.
“After more than 31 years of service to the town of Southbridge, Officer Duane Ledoux badge 1041 is retiring and giving his final code five,” a fellow officer is heard saying over the radio. “I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors. Congratulations brother.”
Ledoux held back tears and thanked his colleagues, his family and his sons, Nick and Nate. According to WCBV Boston, Nick died in a car accident years ago.
Ledoux thought his other son, Nate was somewhere across the country. Little did he know, his son had flown across the country to surprise his father on his last day.
“It is my sincere pleasure to announce that… on this day, after 32 ½ years of service, my father, Southbridge Police Officer Duane Ledoux, is retiring and has given his final code five,” Nate Ledoux said on the radio from headquarters.
Officer Ledoux was visibly emotional.
“It is my honor to acknowledge this code five. To set free a man who has sacrificed so much of his time for all of us, so that he may spend the rest of his life discovering new craft beer, exploring this beautiful country, and most importantly, chasing glory,” Nate Ledoux continued. “Dad, you are officially code five.”