Hooligan And His Person Retire
And thank you for your service. It has been brought to my attention that Officer Patty Blake has retired after decades with the Providence Police Department. Most of that time was spent with the Mounted Command on top of her beloved Hooligan. She had been threatening to retire last summer when we covered the three new horses donated to the command. I had hoped she would reconsider.
Hoolie will actually be staying on the active duty roster a little while longer until two rookie horses get fully trained and street-worthy. Then he will then join Officer Blake at her house in the country. (I know that sounds like a euphemism for the glue factory, but he is really going to a house in the country.)
From the ‘Meet the Horses’ page.
Hooligan was born in 1996 and is a 17.0 hand, Draft cross gelding. He was purchased by the City of Providence in 1999.
That’s 18 years of clip-clopping around town — which has to be one of the all-time best urban sounds — so he has earned the rest. They both have. But I’m going to miss bumping into them.
Well done you two.