WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Two of Wichita Falls Police Department's finest were recognized Thursday afternoon for their service to the community.
Both retirees served a combined 58 years to the department.
Frank Pena, a civilian employee, worked for WFPD for 33 years.
Officer Joe Lemond patrolled the streets of Wichita Falls for 25 years.
The men were given a warm send-off during a special ceremony Thursday at the Police Training Center.
Lemond, who joined the force at 21 years old, said there will be things he will miss but he is ready to take some time off.
"It's been a long career. It's been a good career. I think I've done a lot of good things for this community, a lot of good things for myself and for my family. It's time for me to spend some time with my family now," Lemond said.
Lemond and Pena expressed how grateful they were for working for the department for as long as they did.
They were not the only ones being recognized.
Four other officers received awards during the special ceremony.
Dale Finnegan, Betty Dean and Jimmy Hickey received the Police Excellence Award.
John Gordon received the Civic Achievement Award and Life Saving Award.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6