Friday, April 12, 2024


Japanese Fun Coincidence Image
Westporter Susan Farewell, visiting Japan today, sent this message and photo: “Earlier this morning, I went on and saw the photo of the fox ‘Taking Home Saturday Dinner.’ As I am in Kyoto, Japan right now, I then set out to visit Fushimi Inari, a major shrine here. At the entrance gate, there is a statue of a fox traveling with dinner in its mouth…I couldn’t believe this coincidence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Farewell for

After 40 Years, An End to a Police Career

By James Lomuscio

Lt. Jeremiah Shannon, who marked 40 years on the Westport Police Department April 4, described today as emotional rollercoaster. It was his last day on the force. Image
jeremiah Shannon: an “emptional” farewell. Westport Police photo

Just before the 3 p.m. end of his last shift, the normally strictly all-business main police radio frequency was filled with tributes from patrol officers wishing their shift commander good luck in his retirement. “You’re the best, Jerry,” said one, echoing the feelings of many.

“A lot of people that I’ve worked with over the years came in to say goodbye,” Shannon said later from his Trumbull home. “When you think about it, we spend more time working here than with our families, so you get pretty close to these people, and it was emotional.”

Shannon, 62, noted that Chief Dale Call’s research “as far as he could go” showed that no other officer had stayed as long. Former Police Chief William Chiarenzelli came close, he said, with 38 years.