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Last roll call for HPD officer
Lt Ovitt last roll call
Retired HPD officers who attended Lt. Thomas Ovitts last roll call included, from left, Sgt. Joe Gillam, Cpl. Joe Lane, Det. Al Jenkinson, Cpl. Kathy Tignor, Staff Sgt. Jerry Morris, Ovitt, Sgt. Mike Mooney, Lt. Larry Milton, Sr. Officer Fernando George and Sr. Officer William Fleeger. - photo by Photo provided.

The June 28 midnight patrol was the last for Hinesville police Lt. Thomas Ovitt, midnight shift watch commander.

The shift marked the end of his 32 years with the HPD. Some retired officers attended the roll call to send him off.

They noted that Ovitt has never drawn a paycheck from anywhere other than police. He started out of high school as a radio dispatcher, then a jail officer before starting patrol.

Ovitt said he will start his retirement with a 30-day vacation to his family home in Vermont then back to Hinesville to think about a second career.

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