Longtime volunteer with Newark PD 'retires' again
By Mellany Armstrong

Mayor Polly Sierer, Harry McKenry, and Michelle Fidance, National Director of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service
A second retirement for a longtime volunteer...

"Once you get into your 90s it's about time to quit."

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Mellany Armstrong has this week's WDEL Delaware Story.

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Harry McKenry of Newark retired in 1991 after 42 years at what is now Astra Zeneca.

"After I'd been retired for about two years, I was getting bored, and my wife said, 'Why don't you volunteer?' And I said, 'Doing what?' And she said, 'Well, look, in the paper here, the police are looking for a volunteer," he said.

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Harry got hired at the Newark Police Department. On Mondays and Thursdays for the last 21 years, he's helped them and the news media.

"I would go in twice a week and take crime reports and go through them, and pick out things that I thought might be of interest," he said.

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He's seen quite a few cops move up in rank during that time.

"The officer that hired me, if you will, for a volunteer, was a corporal at the time, he's now Capt. John Potts," he said.

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Harry was honored recently as a Jefferson Award nominee for public service for his volunteerism.

"I've enjoyed every minute of it, they're all a nice bunch of people," Harry said.

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Harry is 91, and looks at his long life with humor.

"One of the things I say is, 'If I get up in the morning and there's not a tag on my big toe, I get up.'"

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He says may need to find another volunteer job now that he's retired from this one.

"I'm sure I'm gonna get bored. They said at the police station, 'Anytime you want to come back, come on back,'" he said.

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