TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Celebrating 100 years of service in East Texas, the Tyler Police Department took a much deserved break Saturday. Kicking off their centennial celebration at the police station, food and friends were not in short supply.
It was an afternoon of grilling and a few games, visitors even caught a few hay rides, but it was the history that left it's mark on the Tyler Police Department's Centennial Celebration.
Piecing the history together, Tyler Police Officer Don Martin took it upon himself to dig through the archives, finding the pictures lining the stations halls Saturday. In a Tyler P. D. uniform in the seventies, Luther Taliaferro came back today to see old friends and reflect on his time wearing a badge.
"My time here prepared me for what I've done in the past, and what I've done since then as a high school principal," said Taliaferro. Running into friend David Lovelady, who helped Taliaferro through training, both took a moment to exchange stories, recalling times spent on patrol. For Martin, seeing the pictures tell a century old story, he explained the special moment.
"It's a good feeling seeing people you've worked with over the years because a police officer is part of a special family," said Martin. It takes a special person to be one, or any other type of thing, and it's a great homecoming today." A homecoming 100 years in the making.
The anniversary celebration didn't end at the station. Saturday night, the Tyler Police Department concluded the festivities with a policemen's ball at Harvey Hall.