He spent 35 years with the NYPD, but on Friday, Det. Sgt. Daniel Chiarantano said goodbye to the force. CBS2's Kiran Dhillon spoke to him about his long career.
- He spent 35 years with the NYPD but today, Detective Sergeant Daniel Chiarantano said goodbye to the force.
- We spoke with him about his long career and CBS 2's Kiran Dhillon reports.
KIRAN DHILLON: After 35 years, Detective Sergeant Daniel Chiarantano hung up his badge Friday. A boss in the NYPD's cold case unit, Chiarantano loves his job so much he retired just one day before the NYPD mandates officers must. Saturday is his 63rd birthday.
DANIEL CHIARANTANO: Take it to the end, that's as I enjoy working these cases.
KIRAN DHILLON: Chiarantano started his career in the 1980s as an eager rookie hoping to make a change in his community. Over the years, the role has progressed. Increased training and advances in DNA technology are just some of the big changes but Chiarantano's passion has stayed the same.
DANIEL CHIARANTANO: You try to go into work learning something new every day.
KIRAN DHILLON: Over the years, Chiarantano was involved or helped solve many high profile cases. Among one of the biggest, the baby Hope case. The body of a murdered infant was found inside a cooler on the side of the Henry Hudson Parkway in 1991. It wasn't until 2013 that a suspect was arrested. The longtime detective says providing families with closure has been the most rewarding part of the job.
DANIEL CHIARANTANO: It's very uplifting and you know, the family is, they're overjoyed.
KIRAN DHILLON: But despite the successes, there have been unsolved cases that continue to haunt Chiarantano including that of murdered off-duty cop Robert Bolden in 1971. And the murder of Tino DeCorato, a 22-year-old who was killed while working in a Brooklyn store back in 2004.
DANIEL CHIARANTANO: I've met with the family and your heart breaks.
KIRAN DHILLON: So the detective says as challenging as the work can be, he has loved making a difference. He has this message to rookie cops who dream of being investigators-- all the hard work is worth it.
DANIEL CHIARANTANO: Try to learn something new every day. Stay safe, back up your partner, and try to keep a clear mind.
KIRAN DHILLON: As for the detective, he hasn't figured out exactly what he'll do in retirement just yet. All he knows for now is that he'll always be a cop at heart. In downtown Brooklyn, Kiran Dhillon, CBS 2 News.