The Wichita Falls Police Department family is celebrating one of their own.
After almost 24 years of serving the Wichita Falls community, Officer Brad Love is retiring from the Wichita Falls Police Department.
“During that time, I’ve worked on patrol all shifts. I’ve worked misdemeanor detectives, crimes against person for about 10 years,” said Love.
Love’s also worked on the dive team, was a member of the honor guard, was a field training officer, and served our country.
“I was in the Texas Army National Guard for 23 years. During that time in 2003, I was deployed to Iraq, and 2005 deployed to Egypt,” Love said.
Family, friends and co- workers attended the celebration to show their support of Love’s achievements, including those who’ve depended on Love to have their backs.
“I’ve known Brad for numerous years,” Brian Bohn, Wichita Falls Police Officer, and Crime Stoppers Coordinator, said. “He’s just a wonderful, Christian man, a good, family man and a great officer.”
Bohn said it’s crucial in their line of work to have somebody, like Love, whom they can count on and trust with their life.
“Somebody there that’s got your back, especially with a lot of situations that we come across as officers and you just, you develop that bond and that friendship through the years and it’s hard to lose that,” Bohn said.
With two decades on the force, Love said he has so much to be thankful for.
“Like I say, I just give all the praise and credit to God for blessing me and just watching over me and all these officers,” Love said. “So that’s about all I can say.”
But Love’s not giving up helping others completely, his next step is working as an officer at Midwestern State University and continuing his mission of helping others.
Even on his retirement day, Officer Love, along with Officer Bohn, was awarded the Certificate of Civic Achievement and Bar.