SOMERS, N.Y.-Retiring Police Officer Curtis Dustin completed his final tour with the Somers Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and was given a send-off by more than a dozen fellow officers and family members.

Chief Michael Driscoll, speaking Tuesday, Nov. 21, at police headquarters, said he worked with Dustin in the New York Police Department in the Bronx before hiring him to the Somers department 25 years ago.

“I worked with Curt way back in the ’70s and the ’80s, when the Bronx looked like Berlin after the war,” Driscoll said. “It was a whole different job then. I’m not saying it was any tougher, but it was a little different. We survived, because to me that was combat. The wives were home wondering whether their husband’s going to come after the tour.”

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Dustin worked for 20 years in the NYPD before joining Somers, where he is also a volunteer member of the fire department. Driscoll said being an officer is hard work, and commended Dustin for doing the job for nearly a half-century.

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