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March 31, 2013

Mickey Perry named 2013 Progressive Citizen of the Year

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“I’ve delivered the baskets to residents and helped distribute them at the distribution point,” he said in a 2012 Claremore Daily Progress story. “As I became more involved, I started coordinating the goods and getting them to the distribution site. I’ve seen it grow from one or two hundred (baskets) to the high of over 1,000 a couple of years ago.”
The program relies on an army of dedicated volunteers, many of whom have helped since the beginning.
“We have several generations of families that come out every year and look forward to it,” he said. “In my own family, my son-in-law helps and my grandsons help.”
Sheila Knight of the Claremore Daily Progress, who has served with Perry on the Share the Spirit Foundation, has seen his commitment and passion for helping families in need.
“Mickey Perry has worked tirelessly for the Share the Spirit Foundation since its inception in 1988. Currently serving four terms as president, each year he has organized the delivery of over 800 food baskets to Rogers County residents with the aid of many volunteers, as well as overseeing the fundraising for Send A Kid To Camp. More than 1,000 Rogers County children in need have been sent to camp as a direct result of Mickey’s efforts.”
Perry serves on a variety of community boards, including the William A. Barnes Advocacy Center, Tri-County CASA, Rogers County Youth Shelter, Emergency Service Board, 911 Santa, A Child Is Missing and Food 4 Kids.
Upon retiring as Claremore Police Chief, he said he was fortunate that his 41-year career was divided into segments — as a uniformed cop and investigator, then in narcotics and finally in administration — because it meant he never, ever got bored. 
“Good people have made this job worthwhile,” he said.
One of the challenges of being in law enforcement is “remembering that even good people made mistakes. That doesn’t make them bad.”

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