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 J. Callemyn was killed in a single-vehicle accident 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 am.

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


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, single vehicle crash

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Fifteen years this morning, you left in a moment, absent from us, present in heaven. I was not ready to let you go. Not sure I ever would have been. Hurt is still there, the times of loneliness missing your voice, or to hear you out mowing the grass, or building something. The world today is so evil, it abounds, but we abide doing the best we can. Looking back each generation must seemodd to the older population.

Joshua is welding and Justin is finishing up college this semester and going for his master 's degree. Our family is so small now - so many have left for heaven. Becky, Wanda and I are retired - all three of us. I think about how we never thought we would be without Mom and Dad ; then they were called, then Jack and then Johnny, but we still have Mike here with Wanda, and we stay in touch, still enjoy our time together by phone or visits.

Found this in "Flowers that never fade"
We are living in a complex age. Modern civilization is crowded with problems. But the greatest problem is man himself. All other problems are comparatively insignificant. The world's greatest fear is not the bomb, but the person who handles it The power of atoms handled by a saint constitutes less of a threat to civilization than a small pistol handled by a criminal. Therefore, if we would help the world, we must help humanity; and if we would save the world, we must save humanity.

We need inter peace; peace of soul comes first.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". Joshua 1:9

I loved you from the moment I knew you were - and will never stop loving you even through you are there.


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