Friday, December 20, 2013
For more than 33 years - 18 of those in Georgetown - Larry Ward did his part to keep the streets safe.
On Tuesday, a large crowd gathered at the police department to wish him well in his retirement.
Ward began his career in the Charlotte area and was hired by the Georgetown Police Department in 1995.
After enjoying a lunch consisting of prime rib and sides, Ward’s co-workers and friends took time to talk about his service to the community.
“This man listens,” Reserve officer Larry Plogman, who spent years working alongside Ward, said. “I love him like a brother. We worked side by side more often than not. We were a team.”
Plogman said Ward - whom he called “hound dog” because of his investigative skills - “taught me more about law enforcement than I can remember.”
Fellow officer Shelley Brantley said he and Ward “had a lot of fun out there.”
He said Ward would often “hide behind a tree and run radar.” He said if someone said something about the tickets he wrote, his common response was “PTL. Pay the Lady.”
Municipal Judge Robbie O’Donnell said Ward always had compassion and “concern about his community was always on his mind.”
In recent years, Ward has been in a “battle for his life” because of cancer, said Police Chief Paul Gardner.
He said Ward has received a lot of support from his girlfriend, Patty Burns, and his neighbor Steve Hughes.
Ward said everyone in attendance Tuesday “is very important in my life.”