FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department said goodbye to decades of experience Thursday, as four officers were honored for their years of service.
The retirement ceremony featured each of the men being called to the stage of the Fairfield Community Center, where they were given certificates by city and state leaders.
Led by Capt. Darrin Moody, the stage was filled with Chief Walt Tibbet, City Manager Sean Quinn, Councilman Rick Vaccaro and a representative from Rep. John Garamendi’s office.
Tibbet said today’s officers have all learned something from those retiring and are in good shape to replace those leaving.
“All the knowledge, all of the effort. It’s largely due to people like this,” Tibbet said.
Officer Dale Golez logged the most time of the group, retiring just a month shy of 30 years. Moody said Golez is would be remembered most for his time teaching motorcycle officers and his work with the cadet program.
Of David Fullen’s 26 years in law enforcement, the last 11 years and eight months were with Fairfield. He was thanked by Moody for his work with youth services and his thoroughness as a resource officer.
Officer Larry Banks has transitioned to his post at the Fairfield Public Service Academy after 25 years and nine months with the department. The Officer of the Year in 1993 was lauded by Moody for the relationships he built with youths and their parents.
Officer Cary Blasingame spent 23 years and two months with Fairfield, where he built a reputation of a standout investigator. Moody said he was well known for his memory and skills while reporting.
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