Fred Budnick feels like he's on vacation, and he suspects it may feel that way for a while.
But after 37 years of service with the Aberdeen Police Department, the 59-year-old isn't on vacation – he's retired. His last day was April 28.
He's looking forward to retirement.
"At this point in my life, it's the right thing to do and I was able to do it," Budnick, who's also volunteered with the Aberdeen Fire Department for more than 40 years, said in a recent interview. "I'm looking forward to it and seeing what the future brings."
The lifelong Aberdeen resident started working as a dispatcher at the police department...