Updated:CHARLOTTE, NC —
Don Griffin's last day at Channel 9 is today after wrapping up 42 years in broadcasting with 31 of them as the Action 9 reporter.
"When I look back over it, it's gone quickly," Griffin said.
Throughout the week, viewers, community leaders, Griffin's co-workers and family have discussed what he has meant to the community.
He has helped thousands of Channel 9 viewers who needed assistance with bad business deals and unkempt promises.
Griffin has fought hard for the little guy and most of the time he has won and said he's tried to treat every person's problem like it was his own problem.
"The trust that people in this town have bestowed upon me has been amazing," Griffin said. "I honor them because without them there would be no me in this job."
Although time has gone quickly, it hasn't gone smoothly.
"I've been in many tight situations where I felt like I could have been in some danger," he said.
He recalled an incident when an angry property owner kicked his cameraman's tripod. Another time, Griffin said someone threatened to shoot him.
The stories and people have varied with the exception of his Action 9 partner for all those years.
Griffin said he couldn't have done it without Producer Mary White, who has been by his side for 31 years.
"It's more like we're family, she's like a sister I've never had," Griffin said. "I'm going to miss her. I'm going to miss her."
Griffin's retirement plans include spending time at the Dr. Charles R. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park with his friends Paul Williams, Dale Ratcliffe and former senior tour golfer Walter Morgan.
"These guys are fun to hang out with," Griffin said.
There will also be more time for his family.
"I'll be spending more time with them," Griffin said. "I can now go to their schools and have lunch with them."
Griffin said he is proud of what he's been able to do for the community.
"There is a lot of emotion in all this," Griffin said. "I'll miss coming here, miss being with the people."