WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton Police Officer is saying goodbye to his work with the Air Force; but while he’s hanging up his stripes, he says his service to the community is far from over.
“It goes to show that I’m a public servant. Fire department, military, that’s just me,” said Chief Master Sergeant Willie Hooper.
CMSgt. Willie Hooper has served with the U.S. Air Force for 33 years.
“Chief Hooper was an enormous asset for us as our fire chief,” stated Lt. Col. Jason Shroyer, Commander of the 445th Civil Engineer Squadron.
But after working up the ranks, Hooper is leaving behind his job with the Air Force.
A retirement ceremony was held for Hooper at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Saturday afternoon.
“I’m here to serve. I’m serving people as a police officer. In the military, I’m serving our whole nation,” said CMSgt. Hooper. Hooper says that kind of service doesn’t end.
“He’s a stellar officer. Very active and involved in a lot of our community events,” said Dayton Police Asst. Chief Robert Chabali.
With his work in the military and police department, Hooper knows what it means to put his life on the line. In November 2012 Officer Willie Hooper suffered a should injury after a van slammed into him at Salem and Philadelphia. He was placing stop sticks to end a slow-speed pursuit. Hooper bounced back from the incident countinuing to serve his country and community. While he’s leaving his work with the Air Force behind, he says he’s now focused on his service with the badge.
“I still have a lot of little work to do with the Dayton Police Department and I’m going to continue doing that,” said Hooper.