An employee of the city of Lebanon received a retirement reception Wednesday afternoon after working 31 years.
Tommy Burns, who has worked in several different positions within city law enforcement, including the Lebanon Police Department and, more recently, as a public safety officer, was treated to cake, plaques and kind words from countless members of the community and former co-workers.
“[Tommy] has been a great employee for me, that’s for sure,” said Public Safety Director Mike Justice. “He’s a real cop’s cop, and I appreciate all he’s done.”
Mayor Philip Craighead also pointed out the numerous tasks Burns has taken on during his career that spanned more than three decades.
“You’ve worn a lot of hats for the county and the city, but the biggest thing I hear is that you’re always there, and if something should happen you’re always right in front and in the middle of it,” Craighead said. “I appreciate all you’ve done working for this city.”
Along with being showered with praise, Burns was also presented multiple plaques and certificates from representatives from the police department, public safety department and the FOP commemorating his time served.
“I’ve been through a whole lot with the city, and you all are my friends,” Burns said. “I’d go into battle with any of you. You’re all family more than coworkers.”
Burns said how he admired and loved every person he’s met and worked with and that his years served have “been a good ride.”
“I’ve got your back whether I’m retired or not,” he said. “All you’ve got to do is call.”