Panama City Police Sgt. Jeff Becker Retires

Published 08/29 2016 07:39PM

Updated 08/29 2016 07:39PM

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It was a bittersweet Monday for a Panama City Police Sergeant as he hung up his uniform and put away his badge.
 
Sgt. Jeff Becker worked his last shift and retired from the department Monday.
 
Becker served as the department's spokesman for four years starting in 2009. He started his career nearly 18 years ago as a dispatcher and went on to wear just about every hat, including positions like patrol officer, detective, and crime analyst.
 
Becker said it hasn't been an easy career, but it was his dream to serve his community.
 
"I really think it was a calling. It was something I wanted to do a young child. I was a nurse before I was a police officer so I think that helped me immensely in medical cases and as being a compassionate person, trying to look at the big picture and everything," Sgt. Becker said.
 
In February, News 13 featured Sgt. Becker in our weekly Honor the Badge segment for helping a man get a cab ride.
 
Becker said he doesn't have any big retirement plans yet, but he will be giving his pool a much needed cleaning so he could take up a new job as a "pool boy."

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