Son Surprises Retiring Police Officer Dad During His Last Radio Call

"It is my honor to acknowledge this code five."

On July 25, Officer Duane Ledoux retired after more than 32 years with the Southbridge Police Department in Massachusetts. At 11:16, Ledoux made his final radio call to give his last code five.

During the call to police headquarters, Chief Shane Woodson thanked Ledoux for his service while an emotional Ledoux thanked everyone from his colleagues to his family, including his sons.

What the retiring police officer didn't know was that his son, Nate, was there to help acknowledge his final radio call.

After Chief Woodson gives his congratulations to Ledoux, Nate — who Ledoux thought was across the country — comes on the radio to say his message.

"It is my sincere pleasure to announce that on this day, at 11:17 hours, that after 32-and-a-half years of service, my father, Southbridge Police Officer Duane Ledoux, is retiring and has given his final code five," Nate says. "It is my honor to acknowledge this code five." 

"To set free a man who has sacrificed so much of his time for all of us. So that he may spend the rest of his life discovering new craft beer, exploring this beautiful country, and most important of all, chasing glory. Officer Ledoux, badge, 1041, Dad, you are officially code five."

The heartwarming moment was captured during a Facebook live session. After it began to go viral, the Southbridge Police Department shared a video which showed Ledoux's reaction to hearing his son.

In the video, he is clearly overcome with emotion.

Many commenters are adding their congratulations to the video, wishing Ledoux a happy retirement and thanking him for keeping the community safe.

(H/T: Good Morning America)


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