By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana
"Badge 2988 began his career March 11th, 1981… this will be my final 10-7."
“10-4, and you’re making me cry too, did everyone copy that?”
After serving as a state trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for the last thirty-seven years, Officer Mark Gilberg couldn't help but get emotional during his final call to his colleagues. "10-7" is police code for signing off and during his last on-the-job check-in, Officer Gilberg had the waterworks flowing.
According to a spokesperson for the department, Mark is the longest-serving trooper in the state, dedicating 25 of his 37 years in northwest Arizona’s DPS district one.
In a video posted online by his daughter Rachel, Officer Gilberg gives his thanks while visibly fighting back the tears. "I just wanted to thank everybody for everything that they've ever done. It's been an honor and a privilege. And a great career, it's been a great adventure," Gilberg says. "Thirty-seven years and three weeks later, it’s been a great ride. Thank you very much and keep smiling."
When the dispatcher thanks Gilberg for his years of service, wishes him well in his future endeavors, and signs him off -- he simply couldn't hold his emotions back any longer.
Watch the full, emotional video on YouTube below.