CELEBRATING his 76th birthday at the Chistlehurst Academics and Arts hall, where retired police officers and old colleagues meet once a month to gather in fellowship with one another, retired police officer Marie Pillay reflected on a career in law enforcement since 1965. “I come from a long line of family who have served in law enforcement. My late father was stationed at the Magistrate’s Court in Pietermaritzburg, my brother went on to serve in Gauteng, my uncle at Mountain Rise Police Station, and my late cousin served at the internal stability unit in Oribi,” said Pillay. Beginning his career in 1965, Pillay went on to complete various educational courses in the SAPS and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1971. He was one of the first Indian officers to be nominated to attended leadership courses. Nine years later, in 1980, Pillay graduated as a Warrant Officer and was seconded to serve at the State Pathology Laboratory on Alexandra Road and thereafter he was posted to Camperdown where he served for more than 30 years, until his retirement.“I enjoyed my job, serving the various communities and people that I was surrounded by wherever I was posted and I am thankful for the many years of service that I was able to give to my country,” said Pillay. Pillay received numerous decorations, medals and commendations for his service with another retired officer, Logan Govender, stating that he was a stalwart among them. “He is now a devoted and dedicated member of the retired police officers gathering and he is very popular among our retirees. We just want to congratulate and wish him well for his birthday,” said Govender.