Retiring cop is surprised by son on the final radio call of his last day
A Massachusetts police officer, Duane Ledoux, made his last radio call, but after his chief spoke his parting words, Ledoux was amazed to hear his son, Nate's, voice congratulating him on the years he spent in the department and on his retirement.
Officer Ledoux, of Southbridge, Massachusettes, had served in the police department for over three decades and was finally retiring on July 25, 2018, from the force, according to WCVB.
Ledoux made his final radio call, called code five, by the officers in the department when they wrap up a scene.
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Southbridge Police Chief Shane Woodson recognized and appreciated Ledoux for his years of service, in a live video posted on Facebook.
“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. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Congratulations brother.”
Shane Woodson, Facebook, July 25, 2018.
Holding back tears, Officer Ledoux thanked the chief and his colleagues, his department, and his family which included his two sons, Nick and Nate.
His son, Nick, had met with a car accident many years ago and had passed away, according to WCVB.
Ledoux's second son Nate was across the country, and Ledoux was not expecting his son to come to Southbridge on his last day at the police force.
“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, a video posted on Facebook showed.
The Officer looked at the camera inside his cruiser with shock as he finally registered who was on the other end of the line.
To Ledoux's astonishment, his son Nate flew down across the country to be with his father on such a significant day of his father's life.
Nate considered it his honor to acknowledge his father's last code five and to set his father, who had sacrificed much of his time for all the people, free.
The son wished that his father would spend the rest of his life by exploring their beautiful country, finding new craft beer and chasing happiness.
Ladeux responded to his son's loving words with an emotional, “love you,” and saying that his son did come home while shedding happy tears.