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Hilliard retires from GPD after 26 years

Major Freddie Hilliard has retired from his position with the Greenville Police Department effective December 31 after being with the GPD for 26 years.

Hilliard said that he decided to retire for several reasons, two of the main ones being that he wanted to spend time with his grandchildren and also focus his efforts on running his gun shop, H&H Guns and Ammo in Shackleville.

Hilliard said he began working with the Greenville Police Department as a patrolman 26 years ago and had moved up in the department since that time. Hilliard became major at the department several years ago under Chief Lonzo Ingram.

Hilliard said that moving up in the department took diligence and perseverance and that he would advise officers who are hoping to move up to always be honest, stick to their word and treat others well.

"I would tell them to always be honest and treat people the way you would want them to treat you," Hilliard said.

Hilliard said that for the next few years, he plans to enjoy his retirement.

"I plan to just enjoy retirement, enjoy my grandchildren and run the gun shop," Hilliard said.