Former Durant law enforcement recognized in ceremony

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DURANT,OK -- Dozens of former law enforcement were honored at the police department for their year's of service.

Friday, 20 former police chiefs, current Chief Durward Cook,14 retired sworn officers and 5 retired civilians were recognized in a ceremony at the Durant Police Department.

Retired police chief Jack Jones served from 1985 till 2001.

"I'm just glad that I could serve Durant that long," said Jack Jones.

The honorees' families listened as their loved ones' names were called and watched as they were each given a framed picture, that they then hung on the department's wall.

Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says the ceremony was great for the city.

"It's just a great way to honor folks that truly put their life on the line everyday to serve the citizens," said Tomlinson.

Odell Headrick served as an officer from 1962 until 1986; making him the oldest living former officer.

"It's a pretty good honor to be retired as long as I have," said Headrick.

For many of the law enforcement Friday; the ceremony meant more than just being recognized---it was a chance to reminisce.

"It brought us all back together," said Montgomery.

County Commissioner Monty Montgomery worked as an officer from 1974 to 1995. He says he's proud the department has decided to recognize these men and women, because it was overdue.

"Well we spent our twenty years here, but after we left, nobody remembers that we were even here," said Montgomery.

Durant Police say they plan to continue this tradition for years to come.

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