A police officer from Southbridge, Massachusetts, made his final radio call last month as he finished his last day before retirement — only to be answered by a surprise visitor.
In two videos provided by the Southbridge Police Department, Officer Duane Ledoux is seen getting emotional while giving his final goodbye over a radio call.
“I thank you and… too much to say but thank you and to everybody in my family, everyone I’ve served with and to my boys… time to go home,” Officer Ledoux says, responding to the police chief thanking him for his service. “It’s time to go home.”
Following Officer Ledoux’s thank you, he is answered by his son Nate, who flew across the country to help welcome his father into retirement.
“It is my sincere pleasure to announce that as of 11:17 hours on this day, after 32 and a half years of service, my father, police officer Duane Ledoux is retiring and has given his final code five,” Nate said. “It is my honor to acknowledge this code 5. 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 his beautiful country, and most of all, chasing glory.”
“Dad, you are officially code 5,” he concluded, getting emotional himself.
“Love you,” Officer Ledoux replies.
The footage was filmed both from the police headquarters where Nate was located and in Officer Ledoux’s cruiser.
Watch both videos below: