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Wilmington's oldest rookie officer retires

Wilmington Police Department Officer Larry Egerton became WPD's oldest rookie officer at 56 year-old. Eight and a half years later, he is retiring with a successful career in the department. Wilmington Police Department Officer Larry Egerton became WPD's oldest rookie officer at 56 year-old. Eight and a half years later, he is retiring with a successful career in the department.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington Police Department Officer Larry Egerton became WPD's oldest rookie officer at 56-years-old. Eight and a half years later, he is retiring with a successful career in the department.

"The best thing I could have done was to be a police officer," said Egerton, "If I wasn't at the older stage of my life I would definitely want to keep doing it. I haven't lost my enthusiasm for it."

Egerton had several careers before joining the department. He first came on as a detective.

When the WPD raised their age restriction, he joined again as an officer and graduated from the academy in June 2006.

He was even featured on NBC Nightly news for a story about police departments raising their age limits because of a "cop shortage."

Egerton's beat buddy, 22 year-old Officer Matt Thompson, said he is sad to lose the knowledge and partnership of Egerton.

"Oddly enough they put the oldest officer & the youngest together," Thompson explained. "We had the same work ethic. We both wanted to get into everything and do the best we could."

He said he'll also miss his partner's reliability.

"It's a huge stress relief to have someone who will have your back no matter what and that's what I had with Larry," Thompson said.

"It's a comradery you can't explain," Egerton said. "I have five brothers and sisters but now I have over three-hundred brothers and sisters."

Egerton will spend his retirement with his family.

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