Trumbull Police Sgt. Phil  Hynes retired July 3 after 35 years serving the town in what he described as his “dream job.”

In his 35 years, he’s done it all, serving in just about every capacity, according to Police Chief Thomas Kiely. He’s been on the dive team, Police Honor Guard, served as a range instructor and was one of the members of the department instrumental helping to build Trumbull Police’s outdoor range at Indian Ledge Park.

“He’s a cop’s cop, and nowadays that term is used loosely but it really applies to him,” Kiely said. “The Town of Trumbull got its money’s worth with Phil.”

The decision to retire came with mixed emotions, Sgt. Hynes said. His brother, who retired from the Clinton Police Department after many years, passed away last year, and that made him take a step back and decide it was time to retire and spend more time with his family , including five grandchildren. But he’ll miss the job and the people he works with.

“It’s the factor of the unknown — you don’t know what you’ll be doing one minute to the next,” Hynes said of police work. “It’s not just what you do, it’s a job that becomes you.”

Last Wednesday, members of the department gathered for cake and what was, at times, an emotional send-off, interspersed with some friendly heckling from the men and women he has worked with for so many years.

“This has been my dream job all my life — working with you guys and some of the finest people I’ve met,” Hynes said.

“Who are those people?” one co-worker jokingly asked.

Kiely, who considers Hynes a close friend, said respects him as a person and a professional.

“It’s something to be proud of, the way you live your life and conduct yourself,” Kiely said to Hynes.

He may be leaving his job in Trumbull but his passion for police work has been passed on to his son, who serves in the Newtown Police Department. Hynes joked that it’s a “genetic disorder.”

The 35-year veteran thanked fellow officers for being there when he needed them.

“Believe me, it’s hard to say good-bye,” he said.