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State Police Sgt. Timothy Hayes retires after 25 years

Members of Troop F of the State Police voluntarily turned out on Wednesday afternoon at the Twin Mountain barracks to salute Sgt. Timothy Hayes of Shelburne who retired after 25 years of dedicated service. Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
September 22, 2010
TWIN MOUNTAIN — State Police Sgt. Timothy Hayes of Troop F ended his last shift at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

In a surprise gesture designed to mark the occasion and honor his 25 years of service to the state and North Country, more than a dozen state troopers, a clutch of dispatchers and detectives, as well as three members of the Carroll Police Department, were voluntarily on hand to thank him, and to bid him farewell and Godspeed.

Officers parked their cruisers to create an allee in front of the barracks, and each stood in front of his or her vehicle.

Lt. Todd Landry, commander of Troop F, shook Sgt. Hayes' hand at the door and then helped him load a box or two from his office into his second-in-command's cruiser, and then strode across the tarmac to stand at ease in front of license plate 600.

Sgt. Hayes, holding his emotions in check, shook hands with each trooper, dispatcher, detective, and police officer.

His married daughter — and only child — Crystal Hayes Bailey — hugged him, and his out-of-uniform son-in-law, Patrolman Todd Bailey of the Carroll P.D. shook his hand.

After finishing his round of handshakes and hugs, Sgt. Hayes climbed into his cruiser — license plate 601 — and slowly drove out of the parking lot. All officers on hand gave him a long salute, which Sgt. Hayes returned, driving one-handed.

Then the front line of state police wheeled and faced Route 302, continuing their salute along with the second line. Sgt. Hayes sounded his siren one last time as he headed east to his wife and home in Shelburne.

Everyone who worked for or with Sgt. Hayes liked and admired him.

"Even before I married into the family, I knew Sgt. Hayes, and he was truly the ideal mold for any trooper or officer to follow — day in and day out for his entire career," explained his son-on-law Ptl. Bailey. "Everyone that ever met him would tell you the same thing. I am very certain about one thing — his is one pair of shoes that will be very, very hard to fill."

"He served for 25 years, and earned the respect and appreciation of his fellow officers and North Country citizens," Lt. Landry said. "I know I am just one of many who is wishing him a very happy, healthy, and well-deserved retirement."

Former Troop F commander John Scarinza, who served with him for 24 years, said that one of Sgt. Hayes significant contributions was his ability to keep in mind the ways in which any proposed change would affect troopers. "He was also very dedicated to troopers working on the road, and he frequently went out to help them by taking care of the little things at an accident or incident scene, allowing them to stay focused on more important things," Mr. Scarinza recalled. "And he had a habit of flashing his blue (cruiser's) lights at anyone who was speeding, and several times he flashed them at me — his fellow officer — when he saw me in my truck driving over the speed limit."

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