Tenn. Chief's Bombshell at Memorial Service: 'I'm Done...'

Dyersburg Chief Bob Veal unpinned his badge and handed it to the mayor.


"After much prayer from me and my wife, because again I say, her and my savior are the only ones that make my decisions, what am I going to do? I don't know and I don't care. They're going to take care of me. I ain't worried about it.

"Like that man sang a little while ago, my chains are gone and I've been set free, my brother. Thank you for a good ride. Thank you, mayor. That man stood behind me every time there was a problem. If any of you think he'll back up, you're wrong.

"My suggestion, boys, is find yourself somebody that can lead you not in the wrong direction but in the right direction. You have got it made here, boys. This is the best job there is in Dyer County. The best job in Dyer County.

"Go over there and pour you some concrete," he said pointing to the construction going on for the city's safe-room building. "They've been out there since 6:30 this morning pouring concrete and I've done that before, too, and it ain't easy.

"Thank you for the ride. Thank you, Chief White for what you mean to me. Thank you, mayor, for what you've done. I'm done, brother."