Wilmington police captain makes working the holiday easier

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Submitted: Wed, 12/26/2012 - 2:52am
Updated: Wed, 12/26/2012 - 3:01am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While many of us are home enjoying our families, police officers are still out keeping the streets safe.

One captain with the Wilmington Police Department made working on the holiday a little easier.

Sergeant Michael Clemmons has worked for the Wilmington Police Department for the past 24 years, many of those years working Christmas, something he says has not always been easy.

“My children have loved it because their dad’s a police officer,” said Clemmons. “But then, it’s nerve-racking because they don’t know if I’m coming home.”

But this year, Captain Jim Varrone wanted to make it a little easier. He and his wife cooked an entire Christmas dinner for all the officers who have to work.

“Christmas isn’t all about receiving; it’s about giving,” said Varrone. “And it feels good to do something like this that I know is something that others are going to appreciate.”

Varrone says after many years of working on the holidays, he is happy to bring a little Christmas cheer to his family away from home.

“It’s time away from their families, and I know how lonely that can feel when you’re away from your family.”

Sergeant Clemmons will be home for Christmas next year. He is retiring February. But he says he and his fellow officers will always be a family.

“If you put this badge and gun on, you’re family. Once you’re a police officer, you’re always an officer.”

About 15 percent of Americans worked this Christmas. That includes emergency services workers, some retail workers, and yes… news reporters.


  • Guest Reply says:

    Thanks go out as well for our fire fighters…the hospital personnel staff…and pharmacy staff that worked during their holiday as well…and for those of you that traveled by air…thanks to the flight crews as well.
    Thank you!

  • WAS (Retired Capt.) says:

    That’s LEADERSHIP. Hopefully some of those officers will learn from Capt. Varrone’s example and do the same for their troops in the future.

  • Guest12415 says:

    Should not even be a story. If I was the Capt I would not want anyone outside the dept to know. These folks choose their profession and then want to whine about working Holidays. Bet he got time and a half plus an extra day off. Thats what I got when I worked for the state. Do you know how many people work on Holidays. How about all the people who wish they had a job at all. I use to be in the hotel business and worked every holiday all year long!!!Didnt complain just did it.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I didn’t hear anyone complain about it. This is a story because it shows someone who has compassion for his fellow man and doing something to make their jobs a little bit easier. Your job in a hotel doesn’t compare to what these men and women do. You may have sacrificed your holidays, but you weren’t putting your life at risk by putting on the uniform of a police officer. My father chose to work at GE, but that didn’t make it any easier for him to have to work on the holidays. He was working on the emergency crew in 1989 during the big snow. Although he chose the assignment, that wouldn’t have made missing Christmas with his family any easier.

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