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Chicago Oldest Rookie Cop To Retire

December 8, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago’s oldest police rookie, a 65-year-old former real estate broker who quit his job earlier this year to enter the police academy, is being forced into retirement.

Earl Misch spent less than a year patrolling the crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood before the City Council voted to make 63 the mandatory retirement age.

``I fully expected to spend the last of my working days as a Chicago police officer,″ he said.

Misch was known as ``the Old Guy.″ His fellow rookies voted him the man they would most want to be partners with.

``I wish I had a dozen Earl Misches,″ Cmdr. Maurice Ford said.

In his 20s, Misch was a military policeman in the National Guard. He said he always wanted a chance to work for the community and signed on for the police academy along with 110 other recruits. After graduating, he worked the night shift and saw plenty of murders, beatings and stabbings.

Misch said he will be sad to leave his fellow officers.

``We cover for each other. If we see blue lights flashing on the street, we pull up and say, `You OK?′ That’s what I will miss the most,″ he said.

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