HUDSON — The Hudson Police Department bid farewell to one of its longest-serving members Friday.
Sgt. Shane Bower was led out of the Hudson Police Department to the sound of bagpipes and applause from friends, family and fellow officers. The special ceremony marked the sergeant’s retirement after serving 18 years in the department.
Bower walked to a Hudson police patrol car and made one final radio call before signing off.
“Thank you to my brothers and sisters in the Hudson Police Department for the memories, the sweat and tears,” Bower said over the radio. “Be safe. Cover each other’s six and God bless.”
Bower became a police officer after he was sponsored by the Germantown Police Department for the Zone 14 Police Academy. He worked for Germantown Police from September 1998 to October 1999. He was hired by Hudson Police in March 2001. Bower started out at the Hudson Police Department as a patrol officer until he was promoted to sergeant in July 2016. Bower also served as the Hudson City School District school resource officer for five years in the early 2000s.
While serving the Hudson Police Department, he was as a Level 1 fire investigator, juvenile aide officer, accident investigator, a field-training officer, commander of the Columbia-Greene Shared Services SWAT. He also served as liaison for Hudson police on the Columbia County Traffic Safety Board.
“You put yourself at risk for your fellow man and there is no higher calling,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said before reading aloud an Irish blessing, sending Bower off on his retirement.
Bower helped coordinate many fundraisers through the police officers’ union and the Salvation Army, Catholic Family Charities and Toys for Tots.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as mortarman. Bower also served as a member of the Hudson Fire Department for more than a decade.
He lives in Gallatin with his wife, Miranda, and two children, Autumn and Liam, and stepdaughter Ashlynn. He plans to run for town justice in Gallatin.
“Sgt. Bower has been a wonderful asset to the Hudson Police Department and will be greatly missed,” Mayor Rick Rector said. “In addition to being a great police officer, he has also become a friend and it has been a privilege to get to know him and his wonderful family over the past couple of years. Shane has some exciting plans that I look forward to following over the next several months and I wish him and his family all the best in this new chapter of their lives.”
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