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Chief Sheppard gets ready for retirement

by Patrice Walsh 

Rochester, N.Y. -- Chief Jim Sheppards schedule is packed for the next week, his last day on the job is December 20. Sheppard said leaving is bittersweet, but the time is right to leave.

He spent the morning at one of his favorite events. The Do The Right Thing Awards. The RPD honors and recognizes young people who have made good choices and helped others.

Today, several young people were singled out for their acts and good deeds. One student broke up a fight at East High. Another, told a teacher a student had a knife.

Parents and friends looked on as the young people were recognized. Chief Sheppard said these are the things that teach kids right from wrong. He said we need to emphasize the positive things that teens are doing.

After that ceremony, the chief attended his retirement luncheon. It was packed with people who have worked with him over the years. In attendance were community leaders, officers, retired police officers and commanders as well as chiefs from other departments and local judges and attorneys.

Sheppards granddaughter read the pledge of allegiance at the luncheon. He has three grown children and two grandchildren and said he will have more time to spend with them once he is retired.

June Sheppard said she is proud of her husband because of the man he is and the qualities he possesses which include integrity, honesty and passion for his job.

She told 13 WHAM: R.P.D. has had him for 30 years, now we want him back.

Sheppard said he will take six weeks off and relax and then look for a new job. But he wont go far. He will be staying in Rochester. He says its his home and he loves our city.

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Washington Times