How would you like to retire before you're 40? That's what Paul Reynolds did and he made a little history too. He is the youngest person ever to retire from the Montgomery Police Department and he got to take his partner with him. Debbie Williams caught up with them somewhere out along Country Road 12.
"I wish I could run like that when I got to be 60." A wish from a man who knows all to well about dogs and their capabilities. "He would do this all day long," Paul Reynolds says as he throws a tennis ball, yet again. And he just might get to, you see Paul Reynolds, that would be Sgt. Paul Reynolds just a couple of days ago, retired from the police department. "It's been fun so far", and because for the last 16 and half years, he's been in the K-9 division, his partner "King" got to retire too. "He gets use to this everyday," he says stroking King's head. He knew early on he would become a cop, "I started as a cadet at 19", it runs in the family. "My father did it for 21 years and I woke up one day and decided that's what I wanted to do." So he began as a teenager. before he could carry a gun, before he could even attend the police academy and once he joined the K-9 unit, something just clicked. "You just got to picture yourself in the worst of moods everyday and you come to work and they're always happy. The dogs can pull you through anything. They're not going to turn their back on you and they're not going to run from you if you need them." King, is his fourth partner. "With this one, he's my partner. He took care of me every day and made sure I went home." It was only right that they both retire. "I wanted, as a reward to him, to take him home to let him as Ii put it be a boat dog, go fishing, do everything a regular dog does." A regular life, for both of them. "I sleep eight hours. From the time I go to bed, I sleep eight hours and I haven't slept eight hours in 15 years." Here's wishing both of them a happy retirement, Debbie Williams and photojournalist Darren Gilley, somewhere out along County Road 12.
Reynolds can't get too comfortable. He will soon go to work again as a loss prevention officer and he's started a personalized obedience service where he and King will be in business again.