Cary’s Police Chief Patricia Bazemore retired on 31 July 2015 after 29 years of service. Bazemore began her career as a patrol officer in 1986. She served as the department’s first female lieutenant, female captain, female major and female deputy chief. She was promoted to chief in 2008. The skril of the bagpipes sounded as Chief Bazemore took the oath in 2008 — the same piper bookended this event playing as she walked through a sea of blue and was escorted home as she went 10-42. It’s been said that – “music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is”. We’ve been honored to extend our friendship to the men and women of the Cary Police Department.
You’ve face so many challenges in life. Congratulations on 3 decades of service – marked with prominence and success.
When a good cop leaves the ‘job’ and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if she knows what she is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if she throws them away, they will be on her with every step and breath that remains in her life.
These are lingering burdens from the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the ‘job’ and merely being allowed to leave ‘active’ duty.
So what we wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,’ and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
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