60 Year State Highway Patrol Employee Retires

Many people can give 20, 25, maybe 30 years at the same job. But how about 60!

Peggy Carson has worked at the State Highway Patrol Office in Greenville since 1949. She was only 18 when she started as administrative secretary for the headquarters.

Tuesday morning hundreds of people gathered at the Memorial Baptist Church to honor Carson's commitment and service to North Carolina.

Ms. Peggy, as many call her, even received the Tar Heel Award for her service to the state. She had already won the Long Leaf Pine Award when she hit the 30 year mark. Now with 30 more years of service, she's retiring.

Rueben Young, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety says, "She really embodies what the Highway Patrol is all about...it's about dedication and service to the taxpayer of North Carolina. I can't think of anybody who has done more and committed more to this state as she has."

Carson says she couldn't speak about her career on camera because she was just overwhelmed by all the attention. She did say she plans to relax -- now that she's retired.


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  • by Kanye on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Yo Peggy I'm real happy for ya and I'mma let you finish, but Bob Barker on the Price is Right was one of the best long careers of all time!!
  • by JS on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Troop HQ will be LOST without Miss Peggy. Not to detract from the secretaries left behind, but Miss Peggy was the lifeblood of that office.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:15 AM
    Not to detract from this achievement, but state employees should be required to retire at age 65 to open opportunities for young adults. Of course there are a number of people who live off the taxpayer their whole lives and never lift a finger much less than raise their posterior off the couch.
  • by AZ on Sep 29, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    I got to give up to Ms.Peggy. Thank you, for your service to the NCHP! I got to admit you certainly served your time. I wish you well in your retirement career. I know that office will not be the same without you. You go girl!!! Well done.
  • by Annaleise Location: ENC on Sep 29, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    I have spoken to Ms. Peggy on numerous occasions and never realized she had been with the Highway Patrol for that long. She was so sweet, so helpful and very professional in her duties. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is not losing just another "employee". I imagine she has become a mother and grandmother to many of our Troopers. Thank you Ms. Peggy for your years of service! We will all, miss you. You are truly a legend with the NCSHP!
  • by Kristine Location: Camp Lejeune on Sep 29, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    That is wonderful,it was her commitment to the hwp.Wish her a wonderful retirement.
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