Officer Buc Rogers has been a mainstay in local law enforcement in Idaho Falls for nearly three decades. But as all good things must come to an end, Rogers’s service in the Idaho Falls Police Department was nearing its end. But his fellow police officers did not know that. While they all joked about good-old Rogers retiring soon, they did not know when he was going to hang up his bade for good.
Today was the day. With the camera facing him, Rogers picked up the radio and then spoke the words he had been thinking for some time now. And because it was the last time he was going to ever sign off as an officer, he was very emotional. Doing anything for 27 years and then having it come to an end is an emotional roller coaster. And even though Rogers has seen a lot of suffering and hardship during his time protecting and serving the community of Idaho Falls, he still had a soft spot for his town. And he started to cry.
As the officer radios in for the last time, Rogers chokes back tears. He has been doing this for nearly three decades, and this is the last time.
He says: “Dispatch, local units, city, and county. 8B-81. 10-42. Thank you for the years.”
Rogers is a 56-year-old patrolman and was very emotional when he finally retired. And his wife, Gail Birdsong, happened to be near him with the camera to capture his final moments on the job. She posted the video on Facebook where it quickly got tens of thousands of views and hundreds of shares.
Moments after Rogers signs off for the final time. Other officers chime in congratulating him on his long service and wishing him well for his retirement ahead.
“Good luck,” one officer tells Rogers.
“Have fun, from dispatch,” another voice says over the radio.
“Take care of yourself,” one officer says as a fourth adds: “We’ll miss ya man.”
And they will miss him. Rogers was a mainstay of the Idaho Falls Police Department for years and always did his best when he wore the badge.
When he had gotten himself back from the emotional brink, he told EastIdahoNews.com that his retirement meant that he was “leaving a family.”
“When you become a police officer, it’s for life. Your friends become your family,” Rogers said. “You always have your fellow officers and their families no matter what.”
Rogers joined the Idaho Falls Police Department back in 1991. He had previously served as a policeman in the United States Army for 11 years.
Law enforcement has been his life.
So what did he retire? He wanted to spend more time with his beloved family.
He also complained that being a cop is a “young person’s game.” And because the country has been negative toward cops, he does not feel appreciated anymore.
“It’s not publicized as much when an officer does something really good,” Rogers said. “We go through a lot of different training and do a lot of good. But that’s often ignored.”