After 15 years with the Joshua Police Department, Capt. Josh Lyon is officially retired from his duties.
The Joshua Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association hosted a retirement party for Lyon on Thursday at The Hickory Tree Grill, along with other members of the department, the city and his family and friends.
Before JPD Chief Shaun Short joined the department in December 2015, he said Lyon helped him transition into his position.
“Josh has been a leader in the department for some time,” Short said. “Josh had some good advice and a lot to offer. He certainly was familiar with the department and the history of the department.
“He’s really an asset to our department and sets an example as a leader in the department and in his contact with the public. He always tries to make things better for people, taking the time to be emphatic with people and understanding their problems.”
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, presented a certificate to Lyon in honor of his 20 years of law enforcement service with the state.
“Representing you in Congress is a big deal, but also having your whole team representing us as a community is a big deal,” Williams said. “I tell people the hardest thing to do right now is be a parent, being a soldier, being a first responder and being a policeman. You do a fantastic job.”
While growing up, he said his mother always told him if he were ever in trouble to seek out help from a policeman.
“Today in this day in time, what you guys are doing and what you mean to the community, we don’t say thank you enough,” he said. “God bless you, and God bless your family.”
JCPAAA President Glen Walden presented Lyon with his duty firearm and Short presented him a plaque from the city of Joshua, his badge and insignias and a certificate from the FBI training division recognizing JPD as its police patch of the year.
“We certainly have enjoyed having you here with us at the police department,” Short said. “We appreciate all that you have done for us. You probably played a bigger role than you can possibly imagine and more.”
Lyon thanked his fellow officers, the city and his friends and family for supporting him.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to get emotional,” he said. “Seeing everybody here, I don’t know what to think. I really appreciate my time here. I’m not going anywhere. I’m still going to be in the community. It’s not really a goodbye or anything.”
The support that law enforcement officials receive is one of the reasons why he loves Johnson County, he said.
“It seems like a larger amount of support than a lot of other communities,” he said. “I’m glad I’m here in Johnson County. I want to stay in Johnson County. I appreciate all the opportunities that the city has afforded me and the police department has afforded me.”
He grew up in Joshua and said it was a pleasure to serve the city and its residents.
“You know, for a small town you have surprising experiences,” he said. “Everybody thinks that nothing happens in a small town, but we have the same issues that the big towns do. I’ve been afforded great opportunities and have met a lot of good people here at Joshua.”