Letters to the Editor

Feedback: Officer is not homeless

I feel it is my duty as a loving wife to set the record straight. Oak Harbor Police Sergeant Magorrian is NOT homeless, transient or wanted for any crime as was stated in Jessie Stensland’s article (Car Prowler Gets Jail, Jan. 21, 2004). I can attest that at this moment, he is comfortably ensconced in his recliner with the TV remote in hand.

I’m not sure just how Ms. Stensland came to the conclusion that Sgt. Magorrian was homeless. Although anyone who has seen him on his days off might wonder, as his attire of choice usually consists of sweat pants, t-shirts and ragged flannel shirt all topped off with well-worn tennis shoes. He rarely shaves on his days off and the gray shows through (he’ll try to convince you that it’s blond, but don’t believe it). But come time to don the uniform for work, Sgt. Magorrian is almost compulsively neat; pant legs hanging straight down, not creased; each pin or emblem centered exactly on the fold or seam, hair (gray or otherwise) trimmed neatly; and boots polished to such a shine that one could use them as a mirror for checking under vehicles. I’m sure that on the night he apprehended the car prowler, no one had trouble figuring out just who was the transient.

And while I can’t swear to his activities before we met and married 23 years ago, I can say without a doubt that at no time was Sgt. Magorrian ever arrested for bail jumping. And as for not showing up for court hearings, he has a better track record than most defendants and their attorneys, even when he has had only three hours of sleep.

So for all you kind citizens of Oak Harbor, you can sleep easy tonight knowing that Sgt. Magorrian has a place to sleep and food to eat. I would like to thank all of those “thoughtful” people who offered the phone numbers to the nearest shelter or threw pennies in the envelope at the Police Department (at last count it was almost enough to buy a cup of coffee). And to my co-workers at the Navy Exchange, please stop giving me grief over kicking my husband out the door. It just isn’t true.

Ms. Stensland, I’m sure Sgt. Magorrian bears no grudge for your error. Of course, you might keep in mind that he does know where you work!

Anita Magorrian

Oak Harbor

(Editor’s note: In the story in question, Sgt. Magorrian’s name was inadvertently used in a paragraph describing the the homeless suspect. We regret the error.)

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