TORONTO, Ohio — A captain with the Toronto Police Department is retiring after more than 3 decades of service.
Rick Parker started on the force on June 1, 1984. He’ll leave it on March 15, 2019, having worked his way up through the ranks.
Recently, he’s been working with narcotics, something he really enjoys, but he's always been fueled by his passion for police work.
"I just had this draw. My early years in college, I would talk about wanting to be a police officer," Parker said.
He wanted to help kids, the elderly and the community in the Gem City.
"When someone shows up at the police department, it’s almost like it's their last place to turn, and they look for answers,” Parker said. “To be able to provide that and some place to turn always gave me some self-satisfaction."
Toronto Police Chief Randy Henry says he will be missed.
"He helps the guys out, steers them in the right direction and stays on them," Henry said.
"I’m going to miss it,” Parker said. “I've done this 34-and-a-half years. This is the only thing I've ever done, so this is it."