EATONTOWN: The borough said goodbye to one of its longest-tenured police officers this week as Capt. Daniel Guthrie retired.
A nearly hour-long ceremony was held at the beginning of the Feb. 22 Eatontown Council meeting to honor Guthrie, who joined the Eatontown Police Department as a patrolman in 1991.
"Please continue to take care of each other and to take care of the thin blue line," were the parting words left by Guthrie to his fellow officers.
Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly and Guthrie were fellow officers for years before Connelly retired and eventually became a councilman. He said was able to convince him to stay on for a few more years once former Capt. John Cleary retired in 2015 and was thankful that he did.
Connelly presented Guthrie with a proclamation which named many of his career achievements and highlights including numerous life-saving efforts, keen detective skills and weight-lifting accolades.
An emotional Chief Michael Goldfarb, who worked with Guthrie for 25 years, presented him with a shadowbox with all of the badges and patches he wore during his time in law enforcement.
"He was always someone who could be counted on for any task or job," Goldfarb said.
Eatontown PBA President Christopher Bartlett gave Guthrie a plaque thanking him for his service and said everybody will miss the captain.
"Every day he spoke about family and told us we were all a family," Bartlett said.
Borough Administrator George Jackson, who is also a former police officer, said Guthrie is "one of the best cops to come through or department."