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Fred Budnick retires from Aberdeen PD after 37 years

Fred Budnick retires from Aberdeen PD after 37 years

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...

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