When he’s at the beach, and thinks of his former colleagues wearing protective vests while on patrol in the heat, Randy MacKenzie is glad he made the decision to retire.
MacKenzie put in his final shift with the Truro Police Service last November but, because he had built up time and vacation to use, his retirement didn’t officially begin until September 1.
“I do miss the people here, and the camaraderie,” he said. “I visit about once a week, and there’s a group of us who are retired who get together.
“I’m enjoying my time now, spending a lot of it with family. We’re at the beach a lot and we go camping. I’m enjoying the warm and wonderful summer.”
He and his wife, Charlene, spent three weeks in Alberta with their son, daughter in law, and new grandson. They also got to spend some time in Jasper National Park.
He also has a one-year-old granddaughter, and is enjoying being a grandparent.
“I’ve been golfing a bit, but it’s been too hot to do much of that,” he said. “I might do more in years to come.
“I’ve been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters for quite a few years, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to give back. I’ll also continue to be a blood donor.”
MacKenzie worked with the Truro Police Service for 37 years, and was never tempted to leave for another job.
In 1988, he was named Police Officer of the Year for the Atlantic Provinces after making a successful arrest during an incident in which someone shot at him.