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Retiree- Don Gardner

26 years of service
Captain Don Gardner (RET.)

Don Gardner joined the Titusville Police Department in February 1969, after spending 5 years in the Marine Corps. The pay at that time was $408 a month. Don worked the first three years as a patrol officer. ”We did not have air conditioned cars back then, we had what we called 440, four windows down, forty miles an hour” joked Gardner after he retired.

In 1972 he was assigned to the Detective Division and helped form the first “Swat Team” along with then Detective Carl Newland –who later became Chief of Police. Don was promoted to Sergeant in 1981 and assigned to patrol for a short time before going to the Investigations Division. He was then promoted to Lieutenant and eventually Captain. Don attended Brevard Community College and the University of Central Florida, graduating in 1976.

Captain Don Gardner retired in 1995 after 26 years of service. After retiring from TPD, he worked for one year at the Brevard Medical Examiners office as an investigator. In 1996 Don went to the Kennedy Space Center working in the patrol division for two years. His was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Police at Cocoa Beach where he worked until 2005. 

In 2011, Don updated us that he and his wife of over thirty years are enjoying his retirement in Georgia –but despite his Georgia home, he remains a loyal Gator fan! (University of Florida).

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