by Lisa Tome
How do you celebrate 40 years in a job that you love?
If you're Maryland's longest serving police chief Darrell Hamilton, you order a new 40 year pin and do nothing else to mark the milestone.
Russ Merritt got his first taste of police work as a sixth grader.
Merritt was recruited to work as a student crossing guard at school.
"That kept me out of trouble," said Merritt.
Fast forward more than a half century later and Merritt, Detective First Sergeant at North East Police Department, is headed for retirement.