It was a day for hugs, smiles and laughter, as the hard work and dedication of Officer Robert Ward and Captain Peter Dillon were celebrated at their retirement party.
Both Ward and Dillon have served the Springfield community for over three decades.
And Dillon has enjoyed his time in the line of duty.
"Every day is a new experience. It's a fun job ... a great career," said Dillon.
"There are so many wonderful people here and the work is very interesting. It's always different every day, every hour, and you can't say enough about the men and women of the Springfield Police Department," said Ward.
But the joyful celebration also was lined with reflection and sadness from the men.
"The job's changed. It's a younger man's job. The crime is a little more dangerous in my opinion. I felt it was time to go. I have my health, and hopefully my brothers and sisters are safe for the rest of their careers," said Dillon.
"You're never not a cop. You can look at the funeral of Kevin Ambrose ... There were over 133 retirees there and I am proud to join their ranks," said Ward.
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