LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nine officers retired from the Lafayette Police Department as five new ones got their badges.
As some careers began, others came to an end on Friday evening at the Outpost in Lafayette.
"I think this was always the plan I don't think I really had a choice, it was kind of like my purpose, my calling," said Cody Fultz shortly after receiving his badge.
Fultz and his grandfather Gary Bennett always sort of knew this day would come.
"As he progressed through high school, he told me he was bound and determined to be a law enforcement officer," said Bennett.
Friday's swearing in was special for all five of the new officers but something extremely special happened to Fultz.
"It was just a surprise that they were up there with the chief to present the badge."
Fultz's badge was handed to him by his grandfather and his aunt. The two were LPD officers, Bennett for 30 years and his sister for 32 years.
"I didn't try to encourage him, but I didn't try to talk him out of it either, things are a little different forty years ago when I started," said Bennett.
But he said the core values of good police work will never change.
"I told him to respect others, always," said Bennett.
The officers honored for their retirement are listed below:
Captain Kurt Wolf (35 years)
Captain Gregory Dale (24 years)
Lieutenant James Taul (35 years)
Detective Jeffrey Rooze (27 years)
Technician Matt Devine (23 years)
Officer Robert Brown (26 years)
Officer Thomas Davidson (23 years)
Officer Thomas Maxson (28 years)
Officer Terry Bordenet (27 years)
Awards were also given to current LPD officers for their their work and service in the community.