LA FERIA — Don Garcia had a big smile on his face as he walked happily across the City Council chamber to be recognized for all his hard work in the city.
The room was filled elbow-to-elbow with family, friends, residents and local law enforcement Thursday morning.
Garcia, who recently retired as police chief, accepted the key to the city to symbolize the trust placed on him by the city, according to city officials.
The city proclaimed July 7 Chief Don Garcia Day in his honor in appreciation of his hard work as a law enforcement officer in La Feria.
Garcia joined the police department in 1989 and started as a patrol officer. In 2001, he was appointed chief of police.
For years, Garcia enforced the law in the city wearing a cowboy hat with a nickel-plated .45-caliber handgun as his sidearm.
“Like my father before me, I pledged to be a good law enforcement officer,” Garcia said. “I can say I kept this department clean while under my control. I can proudly say I can walk away with nothing to worry about.”
Garcia, who followed in his father’s footsteps into law enforcement, said he worked to bring honesty and integrity to the police department.
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