Steve Blow: Dallas police officer retires from career that was in his genes

Published: 12 January 2013 09:53 PM

Assistant Dallas Police Chief Vince Golbeck retires from the force this week. He leaves as one of the department's most respected officers.

And it just may be that it was all ordained from the start.

But misfortune marked the beginning of Golbeck's life. He was born to teenage parents in a stormy marriage.

DPD Chief David Brown, Asst Chief (ret) Vince Golbeck, Lois Golbeck

"My father was a Marine. And like in a lot of families, there were domestic issues," he said. "So there was a divorce, and he went his way and my mom went her way.

"This all happened right at the time I was born, so I never knew my father. I never even met him."

He and his mother moved from San Diego back to her native East Texas. And when Golbeck was 7 years old, his mother was killed in a car wreck there. She was 26.

Click here to read Steve Blow's column

Click here to see photos from the standing-room-and-overflowing-into-the-hallway retirement party at Dallas Police Headquarters

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets