Trooper gives an emotional final radio call before retiring after 37 years

An Arizona trooper gave an emotional last radio call to his colleagues, capping off a nearly four-decade career patrolling the highway and serving the people in the state. 

Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Mark Gilberg finished his shift Thursday with call to dispatch on Wednesday, recalling his career when it began on March 11, 1981. His emotional sign-off was captured on video that was posted on YouTube.  

“Badge 2988 began his career March 11, 1981… this will be my final 10-7,” Gilberg said, referencing the radio code used to signal the trooper is signing off duty.

The dispatcher is heard saying back: “10-4, and you’re making me cry too, did everyone copy that?”

“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, it’s been a great adventure,” Gilberg said to the dispatcher and other troopers listening. “Thirty-seven years and three weeks later – it’s been a great ride, thank you very much and keep smiling.”

He gets very caught up. So will you.

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