Twenty-five years of memories were shared at Police Cpl. Ted Falencki's retirement party, held Sept. 9 at the Veteran's Memorial Building.
Falencki's family and friends; co-workers, past and present; and former Explorers, whom he had trained during his 25 years with the department, jammed into Legion Hall to swap stories and honor Falencki's service to the community and the department.
Police Chief Paul Workman commended Falencki on his work with the Laguna's Explorer Post program for youngsters interested in careers in as police officers.
"He brought a lot of young men and women into law enforcement through the program," Workman said.
"He took many of them to Loughlin for competitions [in police techniques] and came back home with trophies.
"And Ted coordinated the Patriots Day traffic control and set up the cones to smooth outgoing traffic on the Fourth of July."
Falencki also partnered Gero, the city's first canine officer, obtained through the efforts of Det. Debbie Kelso.