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HPD Officer Retires After 25 Years

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -  After 25 years of serving, a Hattiesburg Police officer is retiring.

"I  started in January of 1990," said Sgt. Richard Hoerner said.

He said leaving the department will be bittersweet.

"This has been my home for all these years," he said.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, he was recognized for his service.

"I considered the Hattiesburg Police Department my family," he said.

Hoerner says there's one thing he'll miss the most.

"The comradery, the people," he said.

Although he's leaving the city's finest, he's not done with public service yet. Hoerner will work for Forrest General's Public Safety team.

"It was a door that opened for me, it's a good opportunity," he said.

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