NYPD Says Goodbye to Its Last Vietnam Vet

“How do you put it into words? It’s overwhelming.”

And so it was for Police Officer Thomas Ollis, who retired last Friday to a long blue line of hugs and well-wishes and the stirring sounds of pipes and drums during a “ceremonial walkout” from the First Precinct station house in Tribeca. All of his nearly 18 years on the force had been spent there.

Ollis, 66, received the special honor as the NYPD’s last Vietnam veteran and its third-oldest patrolman before becoming the station house facilities manager two years ago.

It was not an easy goodbye.

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