COLUMBUS, Ohio — A veteran Arizona trooper made his final call to dispatch before his retirement on Thursday.
Arizona Trooper Mark Gilberg began his career with the agency in 1981. 37 years later, Gilberg would sign off for the final time.
Gilberg's daughter was on hand and filmed the now viral video of her father's emotional final dispatch.
In the dispatch Gilberg said:
I just wanted to thank everybody for everything that they've ever done. It's been an honor and a privilege and a great career, and it's been a great adventure. Thank everybody that's ever helped me. And, as I said, it's been an honor and great privilege to serve in this great department, work with all of you fine people. This is 152 batch 2988, 37 years and 3 weeks later. It's been a great ride. Thank you very much and keep smiling.
The dispatcher said that Gilberg's final dispatch made her tear up. She responded to his final radio call and said:
Thank you for your service, too. And we appreciate everything that you have ever done. And congratulations on your tenure, that's awesome.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman says that Gilberg was the agency's longest-serving trooper.