Hagerstown City Det. Wayne Shank said he decided to become a police officer while in high school, and after 25 years on the force he has never regretted it.
"It gets in your blood," said Shank, 45, who will retire this year.
During his career, Shank has walked a beat with uniform patrol, handled a dog in the K-9 unit and became a polygraph examiner and a member of the criminal investigation unit.
"He's a good man, and we're sorry to see him go," said Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith.
Shank and other public safety employees from Hagerstown City Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Washington County Detention Center, Maryland Correctional Training Center, Roxbury Correctional Institution, Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown and Hagerstown Community College were honored for their achievements during a recognition ceremony at HCC's Kepler Theater on Friday evening.