Suffolk County Police Officer Angela Ferrara retired Thursday after nearly 24 years of service in the department.
Ferrara, best known for her work with the Huntington Station community, was first feted with a party and cake in the stationhouse before signing off for the last time over the radio.
Friends, officers representing several law-enforcement agencies, the Melville Fire Department, Huntington Community First Aid Squad, political officeholders, Huntington Station activists who had worked with her, former Inspector Ed Brady and others attended the party. The office of Suffolk Legislator Susan Berland presented her with a proclamation for her service.
Then, as a bagpipe played, and a helicopter flew overhead, she left the stationhouse, walking through rows of saluting officers, including Chief of Department Stuart Cameron and Inspector William Scrima. Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci presented her a pin from the town as the crowd applauded.