HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department will lose more than a century of experience this month with the retirements of three seasoned veterans.
The department held a party Tuesday on the second floor of police headquarters off Burhans Boulevard to honor Lt. Margaret Kline, Officer Wayne Smith and Lt. Tim Wolford, who together have recorded 102 years of service.
"It's just great that they recognized us," Smith said. "I'll miss all the good guys and people on the streets."
Smith, 59, said he started on the force June 5, 1972, when the police department was on the fourth floor of City Hall and inmates were jailed on Jonathan Street.
He said he worked most recently on the warrants squad, picking up criminals with his partner of 15 years, Officer John Kreigh.
"I'll miss him the most," Smith said. "When you're working with someone every day, you know what to expect."