WATCH: Madison officer signs off singing Boyz II Men ballad

WATCH: Madison officer signs off singing Boyz II Men ballad

A Madison police officer who retired Thursday from the police force signed off in a unique way: singing a Boyz II Men cover ballad.

Officer Derrick Jones was employed with the Madison Police Department for 15 years. Madison police said he spent some of his time there as a traffic enforcement decoy, crossing streets in marked crosswalks to educate drivers on yielding to walkers. That task earned him the nickname “Duck,” which he referenced in his musical farewell.

WATCH JONES SING

Sitting inside a vehicle outside the East Madison Police District on South Thompson Drive, Jones recorded himself singing his own lyrics to “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” as he went “10-42” Thursday. The number is a police code for ending the tour of duty.

Madison police said that Jones was struck by a motorist as Jones was leaving work and crossing a downtown street in the crosswalk in 2009. His injuries caused him to go on light duty for a period of time, a fact that also made its way into Jones’ rendition of the classic R&B tune.

You can watch Jones sing in his YouTube video by clicking youtube.com/watch?v=JqGvd70aCRc.