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March 31, 2013

Mickey Perry named 2013 Progressive Citizen of the Year

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CLAREMORE —

“There are a lot more good people than bad ones” and he thinks that is especially true in Claremore.
Perry came to the city force in 1969 — a transitory time for law enforcement everywhere, including Claremore and Rogers County. The Vietnam War was still reality and “Miranda Rights” were new.
For 10 years, Perry worked the city beat. 
One of his earliest experiences on the force came during the early 1970s. 
As Perry told it, he was riding along on a disturbance call at a local residence. When he and the senior officer arrived on the scene, Perry said he was ordered to stay at the front of the house where he went about questioning the lady of house as to the exact nature of her call. In the meantime, the other officer made his way around to the back of the house. Perry said shortly thereafter he heard a shot. Perry hurried to assist only to discover the other officer had simply shot into the ground.
“I asked him what was going on, and he said, ‘I was shooting the demons.’
“And that’s how it was back then. Every once in a while we had to go out to the house and kill the demons,” Perry said.
Later in his career, Perry found himself dealing with demons of a more tangible sort.
“I left Claremore for a while to work undercover with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics,” Perry said, “traveling around the country and buying drugs.” 
Perry worked with OBN from 1979 to 1990.
“It was a good job, but sometimes hard to explain to my daughter,” he said.
He and his wife, Kathy, have been married 43 yearss and have one daughter, Jennifer, who is married to Randy Lewis. Perry has four grandchildren — Kyla, Dillon, Tyler and Tanner.
The Perrys are members of Memorial Heights Baptist Church. When not serving others he enjoys watching sports on television and in person and having fun with his grandchildren.
He is a graduate of Foyil High School, Claremore Junior College (now Rogers State University) and Northeastern State University.

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