Subject: Colonel's Farewell Letter
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To All North Carolina State Highway Patrol Personnel and Retirees:
Today is another reminder that time waits for no one. This is my last day that I officially wear the uniform of a North Carolina State Trooper. However, I will be a Trooper for eternity. No one will ever take my pride and the respect I have for this organization. The rich history that those before us have made and for those who gave their lives doing what was expected. All the critics in the world can use their ink by the barrels to tear the organization down, but it will never extinguish the flame that we bear. They don't get it. The reasons are simple. We do it to protect and serve.
I have fulfilled my pledge I made to Governor Perdue. I was not swayed by special interests, yield to personal agendas, or give in to bias and political pressures. I attempted to install a sense of pride, loyalty and honor; which I truly hope continues to grow throughout the organization. It is essential that the organization continues to move forward and positively face the challenges ahead. All of you (uniformed and civilians) play a very important role in the building and safekeeping of this organization and its' image. If you do what is right in your heart and stand true to your convictions, you will be honorable.
Once again, I wish to thank everyone for their hard work to keep the wheel rotating; especially members of the Troops who have continuously made positive strides in the reduction of collisions and fatalities this year; even through the turmoil this organization has face over the past few months.
Thank you for remaining focused. My family and I are forever blessed to have been part of such a wonderful profession. No one can even understand unless they have been a part of this profession.
God bless you all and never lose sight of the big picture. Watch out for one another and be thankful. You are all family to us and we will miss you. Remember, just like each of you, I am a Trooper with a Highway Patrol family.
Sincerely, Colonel Wm. Randy and Cindy Glover