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A 91-year-old police officer walks the beat in Arkansas.

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NICK EICHER, HOST: Here’s a man who’s serious about his calling.

SMITH: Hey Benny! [LAUGHS] Good to see y’all.

Officer L.C. Smith, patrolman, Camden, Arkansas, works a daily 8-hour shift at age 91.

SMITH: I love to meet people, help people, and do things for people.

He spent four decades as a sheriff’s deputy elsewhere in Arkansas, but retirement for him lasted about 30 days before he caught on in Camden as a rookie cop in his 80s.

SMITH: This badge and gun don’t make a police officer. You’ve got to respect folks. I wanted to be treated right, and I figure you want to be treated right.

Officer Smith turns 92 next month, and when does he plan to stop walking the beat? As he says, it’s not up to him.

SMITH: When the good Lord says so.

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