Longtime Edgartown police Sgt. Thomas Smith retired Friday afternoon and received a warm reception after signing off for the last time.
Smith has served in Edgartown for over 30 years, starting as a special officer in 1984. He was raised on the Island and graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.
As Smith pulled into the department, a long line of family, friends, town officials, and police and fire department personnel applauded him for his service.
Smith called in to sign off for the last time. The dispatch thanked him for his 30-plus years of service.
Police Chief Bruce McNamee played “The Army Goes Rolling Along” on the bagpipes as Smith, a military veteran, stepped out of his car and shook hands, gave hugs, and thanked everyone for the congratulations.
“Thank you,” an emotional Smith said. “I appreciate the sentiment and turnout.”
Smith’s brother, John, was the last person to embrace him.
“I’m a little emotional,” Smith said. “The turnout was wonderful.”