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TYLER (KYTX) - After serving the Tyler Police Department and community for more than three decades, 64-year-old Terry Morrow is now looking forward to retirement.

Sergeant Terry Morrow has a lengthy resume in law enforcement. He's currently supervising the Property Crimes Investigation Unit, but he's also worked in homicide, hostage negotiations, public information, and even went to New York after 9/11 to peer counsel New York cops.

"The best years were those when I was a [sergeant] who worked the midnight shift." says Sergeant Morrow. "It was fast and furious, and dangerous, but at the same time, you felt good about what you were doing."

Sergeant Morrow has put in countless hours of service over his 32 and a half year tenure. Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle says Sergeant Morrow is a true role model to other officers.

"I can tell you, he's a professional, just an outstanding individual." says Chief Swindle. "And, most of the time I've known him, he's had a pretty big smile on his face."

Chief Swindle knows his service didn't come without sacrifice.

"People don't realize how stressful and hard this job really is on the family. I look around and I look around at all these young men and women working for us and they're out there on Christmas eve and Christmas day."

Sergeant Morrow's daughter, Mary Collins, says she remembers those days perfectly.

"He'd be in uniform just to watch me open presents. And, that was just really a neat thing."

Collins says her father is her inspiration. Along with the stresses of patrolling the streets, Sergeant Morrow also overcame a brain anneurism and surgery in 2008.

"For him to be able to come to this retirement and be so healthy, and wonderful and sweet, we're just really happy to have him in our lives." she says.

Sergeant Morrow says he's looking forward to spending more time with his daughter and the rest of his family after a rewarding career with Tyler Police.

"I worked with a lot of heroes."

And, Chief Swindle says Sergeant Morrow is no exception.

"He's done a great service. And now, certainly a well-deserved retirement for him." 

Sergeant Morrow says he'll stay busy working at Southside Bank in Jacksonville during the week and working at Kiepersol Winery on the weekends. Sergeant Morrow says he will also stay active volunteering in the Jacksonville community. He still serves on the board of the East Texas Crisis Center.

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