Ruben Torres was recognized Monday with a retired badge for his service as a law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years.

“I'm still here, I'm still kicking,” Torres told those in attendance. “I thank you sheriff.”

Surrounded by family, friends and sheriff law enforcement personnel, Torres was presented a retired badge by Chief Deputy Ray Ramon. The badge displayed an eagle and U.S. Flag that stated “National Concealed Carry Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Retired Police." The badge had a star in the middle surrounded by “The State of Texas.”

“We appreciate what you've done for us,” Sheriff Oscar Lopez said. “Thank you for what you've done; thank you for your service.”

Torres began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher for the Alice Police Department in 1959 and moved up the ranks as a patrol police officer and then a special investigator. He then moved to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department. He was also an investigator for the district attorney's office before returning to the sheriff's department. His career spanned about 40 years, family members said.

Torres also retired from the Postal Service, served as a member of Texas National Guard, Marine reserve and Army reserve and had his own janitorial and security business.

“My father was one of the first in the state to get his private investigator's license,” said Ruben Torres Jr. who works with Harlingen Border Patrol division.

Torres is married to Olga Torres and also has a daughter, Patsy Torres, who is currently a correctional officer for the sheriff's department. Torres' two brothers were also in attendance, Isaac Torres and Jacobo Torres.