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Cop Retiring After 35 Years Without Sick Day

Ala. officer didn't miss many school days, either
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2015 4:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Alabama police officer is retiring with an astounding work record: He's never taken a sick day in 35 years. Tuscaloosa police Capt. Mike Flowers works his final shift Friday, and he says his habit of going to work every day began when he was a child. The 59-year-old says his parents always encouraged him to get up and get going, and he never missed a day of school after the first grade. He became a policeman in 1980 and has worked without taking a day off to be sick ever since. Flowers kept coming to work after a motorcycle crash in the 1980s, and he kept working after emergency surgery in 2010. Now Flowers and his wife plan to spend more time at the beach. (Read more Tuscaloosa stories.)

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