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Six retire from Springfield Police Department Friday

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

On Friday, the Springfield Police Department said goodbye to six of its men and women in blue.

Lt. John Lynch, Sgt. Michael Perry, and officers Nathaniel Wilson, Brian Mulvagh, Andrew McQuade and Doris Chapman are retiring from the department.

Dozens of friends, family and colleagues came together Friday morning to celebrate their time on the job by wishing them well as they enter the second phase of their lives.

Lynch has been working for the department for 34 years, and he told CBS 3 that retiring is bittersweet.

"There's mixed feelings about retirement. You spend over half of your life in a place ... you're leaving a lot behind ... there's a lot of shared memories and a lot of shared experiences," Lynch said.

Springfield police said this is one of the largest groups they remember retiring in decades.

Over the next two months, more members of the force will be retiring.

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