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    I went on the site for my dept. for retired Deps and read thru the memoriam section. 58 Deputies that I knew or worked with during my career have passed away, this is just in the last ten years.

    Two previous partners passed away in the last 2 days... What saddens me is that so many of them died within just a few years of retirement. It seems like most of them died from cancer or heart attacks... My academy class was only 59 Deps. and 15 of my classmates have passed away, one in the line of duty in 1983..

    As I get older I cherish every day, and think of my friends and partners that are in a better place in heaven.
    Retired LASD

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    Originally posted by Retired96 View Post
    I went on the site for my dept. for retired Deps and read thru the memoriam section. 58 Deputies that I knew or worked with during my career have passed away, this is just in the last ten years.

    Two previous partners passed away in the last 2 days... What saddens me is that so many of them died within just a few years of retirement. It seems like most of them died from cancer or heart attacks... My academy class was only 59 Deps. and 15 of my classmates have passed away, one in the line of duty in 1983..

    As I get older I cherish every day, and think of my friends and partners that are in a better place in heaven.
    Thanks... Now I'm depressed
    Gotta catch em allll.........

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    • #3
      I have seen it quite too often, work all those years and die shortly after retiring. It is sad.
      Last edited by WPD954; 03-25-2011, 05:18 PM.

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      • #4
        Yeah it does.....they say the "norm" is five years after retirement. That's NOT a statistic I want to be part of.

        I retired early to enjoy life because you never know when they will call your number!
        This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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        • #5
          I have about 30 something years before I can retire though lol
          Gotta catch em allll.........

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
            Yeah it does.....they say the "norm" is five years after retirement. That's NOT a statistic I want to be part of.

            I retired early to enjoy life because you never know when they will call your number!
            I'm going into my 16th year of retirement, was fortunate to be able to retire before I was 50 because I could afford to.. I just hope I can have 10-15 years more..
            Retired LASD

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            • #7
              I retired a year ago in January. (god that went fast). I'm in the same boat....being able to afford to. You're doing great....whatever you are doing...don't change ANYTHING!
              This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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              • #8
                I had a Sgt. that died from a heart attack 13 days into his retirement.

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                • #9
                  I'm at 7.5 years now. Guess I made it past the hump.

                  I think a lot of the problem is emotional / depression / sadness which ultimately kills these guys. They often haven't developed friends outside of the job and become reclusive.

                  God bless'm. I plan on drawing at least twice as long as I served.
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                  • #10
                    And some legislator in California wants to increase the retirement age for ALL government workers to 62! Good luck with that.

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                    • #11
                      I have always thought the reason cops don't live long past retire is because most cops only know Police work. The majority of cops I know only know how to talk cop stuff when they are at parties. All of their schooling is geared towards Police work (ex. criminal justice degrees). They are into shooting guns and hang out with other cops. As a result when they retire they no longer get to be one of the boys. There is no new war stories and they do not know what to do to take up their time and keep them interested.

                      When I was an FTO I used to tell all of my trainees to go as far as they can in Police work, but find outside interest which have nothing to do with Police work. Just my 2 cents.
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                      • #12
                        Well, I was thinking about another couple of years, but after this thread I may stick around another ten to fifteen - just to aggravate the ones who want me to retire so they can have my job.

                        Well, that - - and now I'm thinking about putting maybe forty years into a thirty year retirement plan.

                        Hmmmm, forty years in a thirty year plan. Think I might have an attitude in those last ten or so?

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                          A couple of years ago, I was talking to an older gentleman at the National Cavalry Competition. http://www.dehner.com/van_ketzler.html Although somewhere around 90 years old, the man still rides in competition at the NCC! He said, "Everybody keeps saying that getting old is no fun but that hasn't been my experience. Being old is no fun, but getting old was a blast!" What a wonderful attitude! I try to think of that when my old injuries ache or I'm otherwise collecting the wages of an adventurous youth.
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                          • #14
                            I plan to retire when I am 50....a LONG LONG time from now. I work out every day (almost) and I hope this pays off cause I have seen it too. Work all your life and then die...not good.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
                              Yeah it does.....they say the "norm" is five years after retirement. That's NOT a statistic I want to be part of.

                              I retired early to enjoy life because you never know when they will call your number!
                              I have heard the number is around seven years.....................This month makes seven for me
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