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Posted on: December 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Longtime Victoria Police Department officers retire

Two uniformed police officers walk out of basement-level entrance to Victoria Police Department.

PHOTO #1: From left, Sergeant Adam Nieto and Sergeant Lee Lemmons walk out of the Victoria Police Department building during their retirement ceremony.

Crowd of masked police officers walk down streetPHOTO #2: From left, Sergeant Lee Lemmons and Sergeant Adam Nieto are applauded by fellow officers during their retirement ceremony.

Two bagpipe performers walk down the street, accompanied by masked police officersPHOTO #3: Bagpipes are played during a retirement ceremony for Sergeant Lee Lemmons and Sergeant Adam Nieto.

Two masked police officers stand near squad car in parking lotPHOTO #4: From left, Sergeant Adam Nieto and Sergeant Lee Lemmons stand in the parking lot at City Hall, 105 W. Juan Linn St., following their retirement ceremony.

Sergeant Lee Lemmons holds a shadow box at an outdoor ceremonyPHOTO #5: Sergeant Lee Lemmons holds a shadow box at a retirement ceremony containing badges and other memorabilia collected during the span of his law enforcement career.

Sergeant Adam Nieto holds a shadow box at an outdoor retirement ceremony.PHOTO #6: Sergeant Adam Nieto holds a shadow box at a retirement ceremony containing badges and other memorabilia collected during the span of his law enforcement career.

Sergeant Adam Nieto and Sergeant Lee Lemmons recently retired from the Victoria Police Department with full honors. Both officers took their final “walk-out,” in which officers walk out of the police station for the last time to signify the end of a law enforcement career, during a ceremony in the 300 block of South Bridge Street. Sergeant Nieto began his law enforcement career with VPD on June 10, 1990. Sergeant Lemmons began his law enforcement career with the Portland Police Department near Corpus Christi on January 15, 1982, then worked for San Patricio County before making Victoria Police Department his final stay on October 9, 1995. Both officers were honored for their selfless dedication and their efforts to inspire others and change lives.

Walk-out ceremonies are organized on a voluntary basis by retirees’ past and present co-workers. The chief of police approves the event and verifies the retiree’s status as “honorably retired from the Victoria Police Department.” VPD’s last walk-out ceremony was held for Chief Richard Jones in 2007.


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