- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A retiring state trooper was able to share his last day on the job with his son who’s following in his father’s footsteps at the Michigan State Police.

On the day of his retirement, Sgt. Ron Taylor of the West Branch Post and his son, Casey, teamed up as partners for his final patrol. The father and son told WNEM-TV (https://bit.ly/1OBII3L ) that they had tried to partner before, but it never worked out because of conflicting schedules.

Ron Taylor spent nearly 30 years with the State Police, while Casey Taylor recently graduated from the academy in Lansing.

“I figured by the time I was in, he’d be out. I was rushing to get in just for the chance to ride with you at least once,” Casey Taylor said to his father.

Now that his father is retired, Casey Taylor will carry on the family legacy at the State Police, which he said is an honor. Casey Taylor, who now works as a trooper out of Flint, even has his father’s old badge number.

“Definitely wouldn’t be the same person without him today, and I’m thankful to have him as family,” Casey Taylor said.

During his career as a state trooper, Ron Taylor initially worked out of West Branch, then in Tawas and Houghton Lake, before returning to West Branch.

“I joined the State Police, they didn’t join me, and they’re like family … it is tough to leave,” Ron Taylor said.

But he said he knows the people of Michigan are in good hands.

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Information from: WNEM-TV, https://www.wnem.com

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