For retired cops, there is always one case that still keeps them up at night.
They spent much of their lives dealing with some of the worst society has to offer.
Grisly murder scenes, horrific child abuse, violent gang members and dangerous domestic situations were among their daily challenges.
It’s no secret being a police officer means dealing with plenty of emotional baggage that can’t simply be unloaded at the end of a shift.
Or even a career, as it turns out.
The Free Press caught up with four well-known former Winnipeg cops to ask one simple question: "What was the case that stayed on your mind and kept you awake?"
Not surprisingly, turning in your badge doesn’t mean turning off the memories. And it’s clear the sleepless nights have continued well into retirement — especially when it comes to cases that dealt with society’s most vulnerable.
"Sleepless nights are the life of any police officer and maybe even more so when retired and constantly reminded that nothing much has changed in regards to violent crime," says Bill VanderGraaf.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
PM promotes tough on crime drive in Winnipeg address
Willis guilty of first-degree murder
Sales pitch to hockey players a lot easier, says Jets GM
Provincial govt. puts off balanced budget until 2018
Key of Bart - Four Little Games
Winnipeg woman 2nd in Manitoba to contract measles
The Jets are Winnipeg’s tribal totem
NDP’s deficit-funded election run
Accused in storage locker infants case released on bail
Glorious sporting past on display at WAG's Olympus exhibition
Vote against merger due to intolerance to LGBT community surprises credit union CEO
What lies behind mystery Calgary ad?
Jets GM enthusiastic about team, future
Deception gives depth to domestic comedy
Jets captain suffering from hernia, Trouba from a broken bone in hand
NHL commish doesn't think 'Katy Perry' chants are sexist
City warns of transit delays as labour negotiations with union heat up
Top 5: Famous facts about the Stanley Cup
Planned power outage expected Thursday for 570 residents in west Whiteshell area
Concerns brought forward about concrete at football stadium says contractor
Jury deliberations could push into the weekend in Kaila Tran murder case
Supreme Court denies Labossière appeal
Protecting kids good politics, but it's much deeper than that for Harpers
Feds to appeal after Omar Khadr wins bail
Dismal season takes toll on Maple Leafs' brand
Diagnostic lab tests suffer from delays in northern Manitoba inquest told
Senate had time for cops, not Duffy: lawyer
Demski drops to ninth on CFL draft rankings
WWE ringing in July at the MTS Centre
Fred & Toody to play WECC June 9
Winpak's net earnings soar 39 per cent in first quarter
Hopes grow for grain farmers
Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies at 19
Harper scores with Jets
Yes, it really is a weather balloon
Get ready for warmer weather
WAG welcomes Olympus exhibit
Police auctioning off recovered bikes this weekend
Harper plans to hold on to his seats
Attention golfers: three courses open Saturday