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Situated next to him was a framed copy of the 1958
Norman Rockwell painting "The Runaway".
As most of us can certainly attest, this is a print that can be seen in almost every police station and "cop bar" in North America, and is a universal icon as to the image of "the policeman is your friend". As a proud and serving Auxiliary Staff Sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, I can attest that in my many travels throughout Canada and the United States, this image is typically displayed in an area of prominence for every detachment, barracks, precinct house, outpost and academy I have visited. It has been given to perhaps tens of thousands of law enforcement officers on this continent as Christmas, birthday and retirement presents for decades. Well, it didn't take the formal introduction to make me realize that this noble man standing before our crowd, was none other than the officer "himself" from this famous painting, retired Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Richard J. "Dick" Clemens !!! Clemens was a member of the 37th Recruit Training Troop of the Massachusetts State Police. He joined the agency on Oct. 23, 1953 and served until his retirement on Jan. 4, 1975.
Colonel Brandon: an Officer and a Gentleman in Sense and Sensibility
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 marked attending my fourth National Troopers Coalition Picnic which was hosted that year by the Delaware State Troopers Association. The day was threatened by an impending rain and wind storm off the Atlantic, but the day started-off with some positive yet cautious promise. I had settled-in with the other vendors along the tree line and was soon greeted by my friend, Lt Jason Sapp of the Delaware State Police who had advised me and my buddies that there would be a surprise that would give us all goose-bumps a bit later on. "Norm...you're gonna be amazed...trust me" he said. When I heard the Delaware State Police pipe band marching-up the field a couple of hours later, I figured that "the moment" was at hand and raced-up with camera at the ready as the crowd began to gather. An introduction pointed towards a distinguished elderly gentleman with a vibrant shock of white hair, dressed smartly with jacket and tie and with a most pleasant demeanor.