Police Officer's Final Call With Dispatcher Daughter Ends In Tears

Police Officer's Final Call With Dispatcher Daughter Ends In Tears

Police officer Lt. Austin Garrett shares an emotional final call after 25 years of service. This Chattanooga police officer has dedicated his life to serving the people of his community.


Now, he will be joining the Hamilton County office as the chief deputy. But in order to transition, he must first sign off for the final time with the Chattanooga Police Department.

His radio call was made extra special because his daughter, Haley, was the Hamilton County 911 Emergency Communications District Dispatcher on the other end of the radio.

This viral video shows both father and daughter during the emotional call. Before she even hears her dad, Haley starts to tear up. Then, she recites the sweetest words.

“You’ve been a mentor and great friend to many during your career. We all wish you well on your future endeavors. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I love you, Daddy.”

As Lt. Garrett fights back the tears too, he makes one last remark. “Twenty-five years of service. I’ll be out of service a final time. Be careful. Don’t forget who you are.”

When the video was posted online, it quickly went viral with over half a million views. Lt. Garrett proudly served the Chattanooga Police Department and now, he is starting on a new path.

It’s obvious that he has touched a lot of lives during his 25 year tenure, especially that of his daughter’s. We all thank you for your service and wish you many more years of happiness.

Special Send-off

After 25 years of service to the Chattanooga community, Austin L. Garrett signed off for the final time as a Chattanooga Police Officer on Friday. Austin's daughter, Haley, was the Hamilton County 911 Emergency Communications District Dispatcher on the other end of that emotional call. The Chattanooga PD thanks Lt. Garrett for his dedication, leadership, and service and may the best of the past be the worst of his future.

Posted by Chattanooga Police Department on Sunday, February 10, 2019