Mark Gilberg from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) has made countless radio calls over his 37 years as a trooper. But at 4 p.m. on March 28, he made a call that was to be his last.
“Badge 2988 began his career March 11th, 1981… this will be my final 10-7,” Trooper Gilberg radioed in from his patrol car.
Trooper Gilberg was retiring that day, and the “10-7” is the radio code for signing off duty.
“10-4, and you’re making me cry too, did everyone copy that?” came the response from the dispatcher.
“I just wanted to thank everybody for everything that they’ve ever done. It’s been an honor and a privilege,” Trooper Gilberg continued. “And a great career, it’s been a great adventure.”
He was addressing the dispatcher and all the other troopers who were listening in on the same frequency.
Since Gilberg started working as a DPS trooper, he has been wearing his uniform every day and patrolling the highways of northern Arizona to keep everyone safe, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said, per KPHO/KTVK.
“Gilberg has an incredible work ethic, working all kinds of shifts right up until the end,” Graves said, adding that Gilberg has been Arizona’s longest-serving DPS trooper.
For 25 out of 37 years in his career, Trooper Gilberg patrolled the highways daily in northwest Arizona.
Gilberg is grateful to have served as a trooper.
“37 years and 3 weeks later—it’s been a great ride, thank you very much and keep smiling,” he concluded.
Trooper Gilberg’s emotional final sign off was filmed and later uploaded to YouTube, where it’s been watched more than 126,000 times. Many people thanked Gilberg for his service, and gave him their well wishes.
One YouTuber wrote: “The final sign off calls bring me to tears every time. To see a LEO go the distance is amazing and greatly appreciated.”
Another wrote: “Thank you for your many years of service. I know how difficult it was to say your last call at the end of your shift. I shed tears as I am watching your video. Good luck to you and may you’ll [sic] enjoy your retirement life. God bless.”
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