South Pekin officer “signs off” after 25 years

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PEKIN, Ill. — After 25 years, a South Pekin police officer is signing off.

“Today is my last day, I’m going out with a bang,” South Pekin police officer Albert Ables said.

Albert Ables, 77, has spent a lot of his life serving. He spent Wednesday evening patrolling a fireworks event in South Pekin and reflected about his love for the job.

Ables says meeting a lot of people and helping them feels like a mission. He highlights being able to share his faith with kids and women that have been abused and are in need of help.

Some community members had nothing, but great things to say about his personality and service are sad to see him go.

“I’m leaving the job as a police officer, but I’m always going to be willing to help people.”

Officer Albert Ables

Officer Mark Morger, chief of police for the Village of South Pekin, remembered hiring Ables 25 years ago.

“He’s genuine, he’s dedicated, he truly cares about everybody and just does what he can in his power to help who he can,” Chief Morger said.

Officer Ables said he wants to thank all the deputies that backed him up for 25 years.

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