NEW YORK — May 16, 2018, 3:22 PM ET

Oldest living retired NYPD detective honored by union

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The New York Police Department detectives' union is paying tribute to its oldest living retired detective, who originally joined the force in 1953.

The Detectives' Endowment Association was in the Bronx on Tuesday to honor 101-year-old Nicholas Calabrese at the former detective's nursing home. The New York Post reports Calabrese was born in 1917 and joined the NYPD Transit Department in 1953.

He worked as a detective on the pickpocket squad — covering subway lines in Manhattan and the Bronx — until his retirement in 1974.

Union President Mike Palladino says he told Calabrese that he's actually older than the union that represents him.

Palladino said Calabrese was presented with a certificate of appreciation at the event and a number of gifts.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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  • GoBucksMan

    My dad was in for 32 years, starting in 1949 as a 'beat cop' (with the old double-breasted coat!), and retired in 1979, with most of his years in Homicide. GO BLUE! His father was in, too, though I don't know anything about his service....