Retiring MSP officer gets surprise from his son - WNEM TV 5

Retiring MSP officer gets surprise from his son

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A mid-Michigan father and his son get to share a special moment before he retires.

Sgt. Ron Taylor has worked as a state trooper for nearly 30 years.

“Then I spent about 10 years at Houghton Lake, then I returned here around '09/'10 and I'm finishing up here,” Ron Taylor said.

He started at the West Branch Post, and worked at the Tawas and Houghton Lake post in between. But he’s back in West Branch, taking his last ride in a patrol car.

“I joined the State Police, they didn't join me, and they're like family ... it is tough to leave,” Ron Taylor said.

Ron Taylor’s partner today isn’t like family – he is family.

His son, Casey Taylor, is a trooper out of Flint, and even wears his dad’s old badge number.

“I just love to serve and help people, I want to be the first person there and I want to be able to solve the problems,” Casey Taylor said.

Ron Taylor said, “I informed him the academy in Lansing was quite challenging, and he accepted.”

The pair said they tried to work out a shift together before, but their schedules never really worked out.

“I figured by the time I was in, he'd be out. I was rushing to get in just for the chance to ride with you at least once,” Casey Taylor said.

So it was only fitting, the day of Ron Taylor’s retirement, it did.

“It was quite a surprise, kind of emotional,” Ron Taylor said.

Casey Taylor said following in his father’s footsteps is an honor.

For Ron Taylor, he knows the people of Michigan are in pretty good hands.

“Definitely wouldn't be the same person without him today, and I'm thankful to have him as family,” Casey Taylor said.

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