After 17 years as a member of the NSW Police Force, Gary Doohan will hang up his uniform for the last time in the coming weeks.
Mr Doohan graduated from the Goulburn Academy in 2002. Originally a Campbelltown boy, he said that joining the Police Force was 'the old cliche - always wanted to do it because he would have a chance to help people and it would be exciting.'
"My daughters Emily and Stephanie were only three months old when I joined the Force." Mr Doohan said.
"After the Academy, I spent three months in Green Valley, at the back of Liverpool and then was sent to Fairfield for three years as a part of the Drug Unit."
Mr Doohan went on to spend time at Wetherill Park and Macquarie Fields Stations as part of the highway Patrol, before being relocated to Harden in June 2010.
"I have spent time between Harden, Young and Cootamundra, but settled into the Cootamundra Highway Patrol in 2016." Mr Doohan said.
"There is a huge difference between service in the city and the country. The country is a much more relaxed pace, and you have a much more personal experience."
"The downside of that is, of course, that you also might have the misfortune to attend an accident where you know the deceased or their family. That can be a horrible experience."
During his career, Mr Doohan has received several commendations, including a Commander Commendation from his time in the Drug Unit; a Regional Commander's Award; a nomination for Police Officer of the Year from Rotary in 2009 and a Commander's Merit Certificate for performing CPR on someone in custody.
"In the country, there is still an opportunity to build rapport with people, as long as you treat them the way you want to be treated, there is always a chance to help." Mr Doohan said.
'At the Wombat Bike Rally, a guy covered in tattoos, came up to me and shook my hand, thanking me for saving his life. Being in the Police Force can be a thankless job, but when someone stops you in the street to thank you for the difference you have made in their life, makes it all worthwhile."