There are many ways to retire gracefully, but Deputy Scherb, of El Paso, Colorado, decided that he would much rather be memorable on his last day on the job than dignified.
Tony Scherb had worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 29 years. In that time, he’d earned the respect and love of his colleagues. So, when it was time for him to say goodbye, everyone expected it to be an emotional and somber last day. Only their beloved deputy had something else in mind.
When Officer Scherb entered the station that day, he was wearing a bright-orange shirt and blue khakis. This was a flagrant disregard of the department’s uniform code, but nobody thought much of it. It was his last working day, and the man had earned a bit of slack.
Then, Scherb entered the building’s elevator and took out his phone. With a single glance at the newly installed CCTV camera positioned above the door, he put on some tunes and slid the phone into his shirt pocket. As the door shut, and the elevator began moving, the respected deputy of the El Paso county Sheriff’s Office began busting moves to the beats of Silento’s “Whip/Nae Nae.”
For a full minute, Tony Scherb “whipped” and wobbled soulfully, alone in the elevator, until the car stopped at a floor and female officer Deputy Reed of Rural Enforcement Outreach entered. The retiring officer didn’t miss a beat and instead gestured Reed to join in on the fun.
Reed watched Scherb groove to the hip and happn’n moves and, after an initial hesitation, soon followed suit, doing the “stanky leg.” The two paused for a few seconds when a senior deputy entered the car—who bobbed his head with modest interest as the tunes continued—then resumed their slinking and sliding as soon as he left.
The two officers were discovered dancing in the elevator by another deputy, who also decided that it was a good use of the space. And even though the trio paused again when Sheriff Bill Elder entered the car, their heads kept bobbing to the music.
That’s when Sheriff Elder surprised them all by doing the signature “whip” to the beat, inviting them to keep on with their dancing journey up and down the building. What started with just Scherb doing something fun, to celebrate all those years and moving on to freedom at last, ended up being a proper elevator party with four senior officers dancing their hearts out in the middle of the work day!
Sometime later, the footage from this elevator shenanigan was posted on YouTube with the explanation in the beginning that the station had installed the camera to diagnose their ongoing elevator malfunctions. Could it be the mystery has now been solved?
The video almost immediately went viral garnering more than 12 million views to date. It was later revealed that nobody could bear Scherb’s last day to be marked with just a staid, formal ceremony.
Instead, they came up with something that would let the world see another side to the professional and methodical man who’d served El Paso faithfully for so many decades.
And months after this fabulous farewell, Officer Scherb continued putting his brilliant orange shirt and fantastic moves to good use; when a Zumba class held a charity function to raise funds for breast cancer, the “Dancing Deputy” was invited to be a part of the effort.
His “Whip/Nae Nae” had been more memorable than he’d expected, and nobody was going to forget his goodbye any time soon!
Watch Officer Scherb’s epic last day in the force: