VIDEO: Longest-Serving Columbus, OH Police Officer Retires

A man who's spent decades serving Columbus, OH, and is known as the longest serving Columbus Police officer retired this week after 56 years on the job, reports WCMH-TV.

"I joined the police department in 1961 in September as an officer. I got promoted in 1970 to sergeant and then in 1978 to a lieutenant. [I was in] Class number 29 and the class currently in the academy is class 129," says Lt. Karl Barth, who will be 78 years old on Nov. 1.

He followed in his father, Sergeant Carl Barth's, footsteps. His brother was also a police officer. But he thought he would retire sooner. "Yeah, when I was young I was going to retire at 25 years but it never happened and I just kept going and going," he said.

Lt. Barth said he will miss a lot about the job. "I'm going to miss the officers, miss all the public that we deal with and we deal with a lot of public in our office. It's been very enjoyable…I've loved every minute of it," he said.

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