BOONE — A man that served 20 years in law enforcement had his last day at Boone Police Department on July 12.

As an Ashe Central High School graduate of 1985, Donnie Goodman said he’s “homegrown” and lives on the same farm he grew up on. He spent several years doing electrical work before going into law enforcement.

Goodman graduated from basic law enforcement at Wilkes Community College in December 1998 and briefly worked with the Beech Mountain Police Department before being hired at Boone Police in July 1999.

“I got into it to help people,” Goodman said. “I’ve enjoyed doing that. I like helping people and making a change.”

Goodman finished out his time at Boone Police in the role of a sergeant.

He said some of his fondest accomplishments include watching officers he helped to train become leaders in the department or at other agencies.

“I considered a lot of them my kids, like family,” Goodman said.

His knowledge and experience is what the department is going to miss most, said Chief Dana Crawford. Crawford said Goodman was a faithful employee and genuine officer that took his job seriously with a great deal of character and work ethic.

“We’re going to miss having that steady hand out there taking care of situations,” Crawford said. “It’s going to be a big loss for us. This community is going to miss him.”

Now in his retirement, Goodman said he plans to relax and enjoy activities like camping, riding horses, hunting and fishing. He also plans to spend more time with his three children and three grandchildren. Additionally, he plans to continue doing electrical work at Bodenhamer Electric.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve,” Goodman said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to work there for 20 years.”

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