Retirement party thrown for Arkansas Highway Police corporal in viral video

A final radio call heard by people across the country.

After 31 years of service for the Arkansas Highway Police in Harrison, Cpl. Roy Martin retired.

"It wasn't always about giving someone a ticket or doing that,” Martin said. “There's a lot of times out here on the highway that you can help people. It's been a great pleasure to me for serving the people of Boone County for 31 years."

His son, Arkansas State Police Cpl. Billy Martin surprised him.

"We had worked it out with his captain that I was fortunate enough to be on the other side of the radio to answer that call, and give him some of the respect that he's given all these years right back to him,” Cpl. Billy Martin said.

It was a real touchy thing for me for my son to do that for me. And it's something I'll always remember,” Cpl. Roy Martin said.

Serving the community runs in the family.

"My dad was an Arkansas state trooper. He went to work in 1960 and worked for about 11 years. And then I went to work and worked for 31 years. And now my son, he's a corporal with Arkansas State Police now, and he's got 12 years,” Martin said.

And more than 100 people, from family to friends to Arkansas Highway Police to state troopers, came out to celebrate Roy's service.

"I think it just shows how much everyone loves him,” Kim Cudworth, Martin's daughter, said. "He's done so much for so many people. It's just a great day to celebrate him."

Martin is now serving his community in a different way. He was recently elected as a justice of the peace for Boone County.

He said now that he's retired, he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and travel with his wife.