After 26 years Montgomery SRO is retiring
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - School resource officer Nathaniel Smiley knew retirement was coming, but he may have been surprised by his final day.
“It’s kind of hard for me to say goodbye, but I know I’ve been here long enough,” said Smiley.
It’s been quite a ride. After retiring from the Army, Nathaniel Smiley joined the Montgomery Public School system as a school resource officer in 1997. He’s been walking the halls for 26 years, the last 24 at LAMP.
“I like working with the students. By me being an ex-drill sergeant, I know about training young folks.”
He’s made some special memories over the years. One day of the week always brings a smile.
“Every Wednesday here is hump day. If I don’t say it, they’ll say it. Officer Smiley, what day is it? They like it when I say ‘Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike.’”
His last day will be one he’ll always remember. A parade, a visit from the mayor, hugs, and plenty of gifts.
“I was shocked. I said I wouldn’t shed a tear, but the joy came over my heart.”
School leaders know a guy like this you can’t replace.
“Smiley is an asset to LAMP,” said assistant principal Dr. Craig Rogers. “He knows all the students by first and last name. He has a remarkable memory. He gave them smiles every day, said good morning every day, just a joy.”
After one last stroll down the hall, it was time to sign off for the final time.
“Unit 3, this is 364 signing off for the last time. 10-4.”
Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Smiley. You deserve it.
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