Retired police officer Walter Fahey talks with his son Bill about his long career in law enforcement. He attributes his longevity to having “a good reputation on the street, because (he) never looked down on people.” During his years on the job, he was shot, hit by cars, and thrown off a porch, but he always had a loving wife and family to come home to, which allowed him to go back to work the next day.

Originally aired February 2, 2007, on NPR’s Morning Edition.