Doug Hogate Sr. has been hard at work as a member of the Salem City Police Department for nearly three decades. He's been patrolling the streets of Salem, N.J., ever since he graduated from the police academy back in 1988, NJ.com reports. But now, Hogate Sr. is calling it quits. On March 24, he put the uniform on for the last time.

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As Hogate Sr. radioed in for one last time, he received a touching tribute from none other than his son, also a member of the Salem City Police Department. Hogate Jr. broadcast the message to all local cars. A video of the now-retired officer listening to the heartfelt message was shared on Facebook by Salem County 9-1-1 Center. The comments section is flooded with well wishes for Hogate Sr. 

"I have yet to watch this video without tears. I am so honored to be your niece and to have such a wonderful man in my life! thank you for your service and hard work, and most of all, thank you for your love & compassion! all of those years of stressful circumstances and tireless work never hardened your heart! you are the most supportive and influential man I have ever known! I love you with all of my heart!" says Tiffany Marie, Hogate Sr.'s niece.

The video has been shared nearly 10,000 times and liked by almost 20,000 people. Check it out below.


It is with great pleasure to announce that as of today, March 24, 2016 at 1800 hours, after 28 years of service, Salem...

Posted by Salem County 9-1-1 Center on Thursday, March 24, 2016