DALLAS - Lt. Carlton Marshall struggled to the podium Monday; he wanted to stand on his own to say goodbye to his fellow officers.
"My career with the police department will be one of the best memories of my life," he said.
Marshall started his career at the Dallas Police Department in 1986. He was shot in the neck two years ago while on the SWAT team. While he nearly died, he fought his way back and even returned to work for a few months.
"You have my respect Carlton," said Chief David Kunkle. "You are a beloved member of the Dallas Police Department."
Fellow SWAT team members gave him a helmet to commemorate his time and sacrifice.
Susan Marshall, Carlton's wife and a homicide detective for Irving police, said her husband will start a new chapter in his life ministering to others who have suffered traumatic injuries.
For being injured in the line of duty, Marshall was given one of the highest awards an officer can receive, the shield.
"I do not have the words to express my sincere gratitude to you," said Sgt. Vince Lee while speaking before Marshall. "I do not have words to express the awe I have for you and for your level of service. I think he's got a lot of plans in store. He's still going to be in the limelight. He's got a lot left in him."