After 26 years of service, the Traverse City Police Department is losing one of their own to retirement today. Brian Heffner has been a captain at the agency since 2008, but a part of the police force since 1988.
"It's been a great career," Heffner said. "I've enjoyed every minute of it, wouldn't change a thing."
Heffner volunteered at TCPD after graduating from high school. He was then hired to the force as a patrol officer on July 1, 1988. Heffner has only worked at Traverse City's police station and has also held the titles of Detective, Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant and finally Captain.
Now he says he can focus more on his family, including a wife and two children whom Heffner says have supported him throughout his time with the police department.
"I'm going to miss the people here but I'm going to look forward to not having those calls in the middle of the night," Heffner said.
One of the things Heffner looks forward to most is finally being able to enjoy a Traverse City Cherry Festival as a citizen and not a police officer.
"Just spending time and enjoying the events that Traverse City has versus scheduling time around having to work them."
Heffner will stay in Traverse City and continue to teach classes relating to Criminal Justice and police work at Northwestern Michigan College and through Ferris State University.
"I enjoy sharing some of the knowledge I've gained over the years and the experiences I've had with those individuals who've chosen Law Enforcement as a career. I enjoy doing that," Heffner said.