Today, after 30 yrs of service, my husband is working his last shift in city government…his last shift before retirement. During the 20+ years that Victor has been part of my life, he has dedicated his life to public service…and, I firmly maintain, he has spent those years being a hero. He will argue that he was only doing his job. Then, he’ll back that argument up with a funny story about a crazy call he went on or a weird caller on the other end of the 911 line or a prank he and his crew from the fire department pulled. He doesn’t talk much about being the first truck in during Phi Gam Mother’s Day fire in Chapel Hill or the day he almost didn’t make it off the roof of Hector’s because he sent his crew down the ladder first. He doesn’t talk much about juggling all the 911 calls during when the shit hits the fan. He sees it all as simply doing his job. I think he is a hero.
At his retirement party earlier this evening, he was recognized for the many years he has dedicated to serving the community…the many years I say he has spent being a hero. Vic’s boss, Rick, submitted Vic’s name for consideration and today Vic was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor available to a civilian in North Carolina. It was a wonderful way to cap off his 30 year career and I am so very proud that he received this recognition. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in getting Vic the recognition he so richly deserves.
Now, the next chapter of our life together begins. When we know what path we’ll be following, I’ll let you know. All I know now is that I get to go into this adventure with my soulmate at my side.
I love you, Victor, and I am so proud of you.