Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:49 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
One San Luis Obispo California Highway Patrol officer is bidding farewell to the force after 30 years of service.
Officer Andy Kenny signed off, and gave the code 10-10 over his radio for the last time on Wednesday morning.
"I can go 10-10 on 10/10 at 10:10. What a cool thing!" said Kenny.
For him, going 10-10 and signing off, means retiring from the CHP department. He's worked for the San Luis Obispo office for 22 years, and the Santa Clarita office for 8 years.
Kenny said, "it's been a wonderful career."
It was a career which began in acting. After a small role in the hit musical film "Grease" and a rejection for a role in the popular show "Chips", Kenny said he decided to be a real CHP officer. He said he couldn't think of a better place to move to after working in Santa Clarita, than San Luis Obispo.
He said, "the community is so deserving. It's such a good community, and everybody you meet has a nice thing to say about you. It's not a very bad thing to be in law enforcement in this community."
The CHP team put together a farewell barbecue celebration for Kenny on Wednesday. Kenny's wife, son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons were in attendance. Kenny's son is also a CHP officer in Santa Maria.
Kenny said he wants to volunteer his time with drug and alcohol prevention services, programs he's been passionate about for many years.
"I've been a part of something much bigger," said Kenny.
His wife, Shelley, was beaming with joy during her husband's send-off. She became emotional when he said 10-10 into his radio for the final time.
She ended, "it's more pride. It's a swelling of pride, that's why I teared up. And, the [California] Highway Patrol is a wonderful organization."
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