LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - After nearly 40 years of serving southern Indiana residents, Floyd County's Police Chief Ted Heavrin is retiring.


The position is part of the Sheriff's Department.


Heavrin, 73, has served as chief for the last eight years.


He started working for the department close to 40 years ago, earning $6,500 a year.


He has witnessed a lot of horrific scenes, but says he will miss helping children the most. "I always carried a sack of brand new stuffed animals in my car. You see kids walking in the street that don't have nothing. I would stop, get out and talk to them, give them a stuffed animal. To me, kids are the future," Heavrin said.


He says the key to being in his 70s and still in law enforcement is daily exercise and eating healthy.


Sheriff Darrell Mills is also retiring next month, so the department is losing officers who have a combined total of more than 60 years experience.

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