He's been fighting crime since the '80s and chasing bad guys across the globe, but a member of the New York City Police Department's Fugitive Task Force says that it's time to leave the job he loves. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
After 30 years with the New York City Police Department, Detective Edward Murray is hanging up his gun and badge.
"It only seems like yesterday that I was on my first foot post on Gun Hill Road and Bronx River Parkway," he said.
In the last three decades, he's traveled across the country and around the world looking for fugitives responsible for crimes in the five boroughs.
On his last day, he wanted to be in Times Square, the crossroads of the world. He said it's a place that was a hub of crime when he started as a police officer, but it's more like Disney World now.
"It's the cops that truly made a difference in making this city a better and safer place," Murray said.
Police Commissioner William Bratton showed up to to thank Murray for 30 years of service.
Murray has been involved in solving many high-profile cases. In 1998, he helped to solve the disappearance and murder of 82-year-old Manhattan socialite Irene Silverman. Mother and son con artists Sante and Kenneth Kimes were convicted of killing Silverman for her Manhattan mansion.
"It was the first time in New York State court history where individuals in this case were convicted of murder without a body, without a witness and without DNA," he said.
He also helped track down the killers of Officer Russell Timoshenko, who was shot down in Brooklyn in 2007. The killers were found hiding out in the woods in the Poconos.
For more than 10 years, he's been trying to find Andre Neverson, wanted for the double murder of his own sister and girlfriend back in 2002. It remains a heartbreaking case.
"This case will not be closed until he is captured," Murray said.
As the detective walks away from the job after so many experiences, it is emotional leaving his family in blue.
"I want to express my thanks to the City of New York," he said.