This was an interesting article that I couldn’t pass up even though there is no Houston ties:
Eighty-two-year-old New Orleans Police Sgt. Maj. Manuel Curry worked another long shift Saturday during his 60th Carnival season as a cop.
On nearby St. Charles Avenue, officers more than half his age chatted easily with families lining up to catch Carnival trinkets and beads along the city’s main parade route.
But Curry, a decorated Army veteran of World War II, prefers to patrol the gritty streets of the tough 6th Police District. It’s where he’s spent most of his 61 years as a cop, making him the longest-serving active law enforcement officer in the U.S., according to the New Orleans Police Department.
“I’ve been shot at, stabbed, bitten, punched, kicked and everything else,” Curry said with a smile during a break at the 6th District station. He has made thousands of arrests during his police career.
And he said he knows the anguish of crime victims, too. His treasured 1950 revolver and police cuff links were stolen from his hotel room after Hurricane Katrina.
Curry’s community-oriented police assignments in recent years tend to put him in contact more often with minor offenders than with hardened criminals.
But he’s keen as ever, other cops said.
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/5918461.html