On top of his weekly patrol, also serves as the VCOP Fleet Manager and patrol trainer
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Palm Bay Police Department recognized volunteer Clarence Fenton with February’s VCOP Spotlight.
Clarence started working as a VCOP in July 2020 when his neighbor, Carl Moore told him about the group.
He initially volunteered at the Front Desk, but quickly moved to Patrol. On top of his weekly patrol, Clarence also serves as the VCOP Fleet Manager and patrol trainer.
Public service is nothing new to Clarence. He was born and grew up in Panamá, and as a lieutenant in the National Guard, he was the bodyguard of a local mayor and continued his bodyguard assignment when the mayor became the Minister of Government and Justice of Panamá.
For a time, he worked undercover and was involved in cross-border investigations.
Eventually, he was transferred to the Fire Department as Chief for the South District of the City of Colón. He continued in that role until the overthrow of the Panamanian government in 1968.
In 1971 he relocated to the U.S. where he landed various security jobs. He has returned several times to Panamá and in 2017 was presented with a badge as Honorary Fire Department Lieutenant by a firefighter he had trained.
Clarence and his wife were married for 49 years and have 7 married children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Although he is “retired”, in addition to his VCOP duties, Clarence keeps busy with handyman and electrical work, carpentry, pressure washing, and painting. He even finds time for a passion of his – fishing!
If you would like to become a VCOP like Clarence, send an email to VCOP@palmbayflorida.org or call 321-953-8987.
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