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Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum reports for last day

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BLACKSBURG, VA -

Nearly three decades of work in law enforcement will come to an end today for Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum.

Flinchum has been in uniform for almost 29 years. He started as a patrolman at tech and worked his way through the ranks until he became chief in 2006. Flinchum will head to campus for work one last time this morning after getting a send off reception at the Inn at Virginia Tech yesterday.

He's been through a lot with the university but is reluctant to talk about how he'll be remembered. "That's a hard question for me Dawn," Flinchum told WSLS 10's Dawn Jefferies regarding what his legacy would be. "I think people determine your legacy more than for me to say what I think my legacy is. It's really what people perceive it as. I'd hope that they perceive it as I've done my best here to help people in my department grow, become ready to move on to do different things for the community, for the university."

A number of Flinchum's colleagues, some of whom met him in the hours after the April 16th tragedy, took time to share their admiration and respect of the chief. State Police Colonel Steven Flaherty addressed the reception saying out of horrific tragedy came a friendship. "It was very much a crisis but it united us," he told the crowd.

Blacksburg Police Chief Kim Crannis has known Flinchum for all their careers. She called his "calmness an inspiration to us all."

Flinchum says he plans to stay in the area, take some time to unwind and ride his motorcycle.

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