Police Officer Charles J. Callemyn

Police Officer Charles J. Callemyn

Durham Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 17, 2007

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Charles J. Callemyn

Police Officer Charles Callemyn was killed in a single-vehicle crash while responding to back up another officer on a traffic stop.

He lost control of his vehicle on Holloway Street and struck the underpass of Highway 70 at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Officer Callemyn was a United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army Reserves War on Terro veteran who had served with the Durham Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Duke University Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 9881
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

Back up for fellow officer(s), emergency response, single vehicle crash

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As the day passes to evening I sit here pondering the day you told me you had signed up to be a Marine. It was right after Christmas and you were leaving for boot camp. A few days later I was driving you to Burlington to the Military Recruitment to catch the military marine bus to Parris Island SC. I still am not sure how I got home, but I did. I cried snd screamed and cried more. I had never been separated from Jamie or you for such a long time and I just felt I terrified for you, for Jamie, for me.

Today I stood outside my front door and watched as Joshua drove away. Katie was at their home waiting for Joshua. She was making that drive over to the same place. Joshua left today for boot camp. Joshua is now on his way to be a Marine.
With all kinds of mixed emotions we send him off to do what he has wanted to do for years. While we are terrified we know this is what he wants, to be like Dada!

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”. Psalm 4:8

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November 6, 2023

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