To some he was a co–worker, to others a friend in the community, but after 20 years he's calling it a career.
Captain Doug Thrash is retiring from the Rapid City Police Department after 20 years of service.
Thrash worked as a D.A.R.E. officer in Rapid City elementary schools and worked his way up to his most recent role as police Captain.
When Thrash started on the force his field training officer was a D.A.R.E. instructor and that's when he realized that was ultimately what he wanted to help with.
And that opportunity provided him with his greatest memory of his 20 years of work.
"One of my D.A.R.E. students from Canyon Lake Elementary school is on now one of our cops. I was his teacher when he was in the 5th grade and now he's one of our police officers. It doesn't get any better than that," said Thrash.
Thrash says he's looking forward to having the time to work on oil paintings and doing work on a vintage Chevrolet.