Senior cop still going strong

December 1, 2008 5:53:30 AM PST
"Officer Wes" has been patrolling Seattle streets for more than 40 years.

At 71, Officer Wes Ferris he has no plans to retire.

He says he feels great and can still run down crooks if he has to.

There's no mandatory retirement age, but the old officers still have to pass the same qualifying tests as the young guns.

Officer Wes tells the Seattle Times he's been blessed.

He can't remember ever having to draw his gun.

He says he has the understanding and compassion needed to keep the peace.


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