MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's not every day you hear about someone serving as a police officer for almost 30 years, but this week is the last week for one of Mobile's finest. FOX10 News caught up with him to talk about the days ahead, and days past.
You may know Cpl. Sonny McCoy from hula-hooping in between Mardi Gras parades, or greeting you at Mobile Police Headquarters.
McCoy has done almost everything with the Mobile Police Department.
"This was my dream, to be a police officer. Once I became one, there's nothing I wanted to do to get it taken away. I've loved every second of it. The city, the department, I've loved it," said McCoy.
Now, in his final days with the department, McCoy said he often thinks back to his days as a burglary detective, or in homicide, but he said he misses patrol the most.
"When people call patrol, they're in need of help. It's the feeling of helping someone," McCoy said.
McCoy said he's seen a lot change over the years. He's been through five police chiefs. He said he sees how hard it is sometimes for officers to do their job the way it needs to be done, compared to years ago.
"One thing they need to know is we're humans too, just like they are. We have feelings, we care. A lot of people, I think, through the years, police officers have lost a lot of respect from the public, but they need to know we're there to help," said McCoy.
McCoy said Friday he'll pick up and walk out the door for the final time.
"Every now and then on Saturday evenings, I'll be at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion working weddings and receptions. Not done entirely," McCoy said.
Police officers touch lives. Sometimes it's when tragedy occurs, sometimes it's just in everyday events and this officer has touched many over the years.
You can also catch Cpl. McCoy at Christ United Methodist Church on Sundays helping with traffic.
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