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Car Crash Kills Durham Officer

Posted February 17, 2007
Updated February 18, 2007

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— A Durham police officer was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning.

According to Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael, Officer C.J. Callemyn was traveling west on Holloway Street about 3 a.m. when he lost control of his police cruiser and struck the underpass of N.C. Highway 70. (Map of Location)

Callemyn was enroute to check with another officer before the crash, Michael said. He served with the department since April of 2005.

Callemyn was involved in an incident earlier this month where a driver dragged him for nearly two blocks during a traffic stop. He was not seriously hurt.

The accident is under investigation. Callemyn is survived by two children.

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  • wisdomfromhindsight Feb 18, 2007

    I agree fully, police officers are not paid nearly what they deserve. No government official that actually has to do any real work is paid enough. Its unfortunate that this happened. Actually unfortunate doesn't begin to cover what the world lost. I will be keeping Caleemyn's family in my prayers.

  • Dawn_Torrence Feb 18, 2007

    About what you guys said about moonlighting.... Charles worked non-stop. He actually was taking Saturday off just to recover. But he was the type who only slept 4 or 5 hours a night and could keep going. He took several jobs to take care of his boys and he still struggled. Police officers are not paid enough!!!!!!

    He shouldn't have been working so much and not only the long hours but 2 days before this accident he told me about how you guys have to talk on your CBs/cells and use the laptops with one hand and drive with the other and somehow keep your eyes on the road too. Please, someone, put a stop to this before someone else loses their life.

    I'm not saying Charles was criticizing his job, anyone who knew him knows he loved his work and wouldn't have traded it or even the area he covered. But he wasn't superman, even if he thought he was, and now we all see that.

    The world is less one hero now.

  • always concerned Feb 18, 2007

    My thanks and prayers go out to this wonderful officer and man for all his unselfish acts in the line of duty and for sacrificing his life to make our world a safer place for so many he never even met. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.

  • Dawn_Torrence Feb 18, 2007

    Charles was a wonderful man. He was so kind and such a gentleman and he spoke of his family so highly. He was one of those men who you meet and you have to stop and acknowledge that he was one of the few good ones. He loved his job and took pride in what he did - you could tell from the way his face lit up when he talked about it. And his boys... I never met a man so proud to be a dad and so proud of his sons. And to his mom and sister... you told me just a few days ago how much he appreciated you and how you helped him and his boys. God Bless you all.

    I am so honored to have met him and I thank God for the chance of knowing him. I considered him a dear friend and was actually supposed to meet him yesterday and just found out what happened. Someone please let me know the funeral details and how to reach the family to send my condolences. You can e-mail me at dawn@sunsetwebdesign.com

  • joyful31176 Feb 18, 2007

    My Prayers out to Callemyn's Family. My Husband is a police officer and I really feel for his wife and children, I can't imagen what you are going throught right now. Callemyn's wife many people are praying for you and we are very sorry for your loss. I know the durham police will take care you your family because they are GREAT GUYS!!! They take care of eachother!!! I will keep you and your family in my prayers!!! Callemy's wife if you need anything please let me know 919-624-7069.

  • crash Feb 18, 2007

    My Prayers and thought go out to his family. My dad was a police officer who worked nights/days/weekends/holidays and very long hours to protect citizens. These men and women never get enough thanks for the good that they do. I'm very sorry for your loss.

  • weber01b Feb 18, 2007

    My prayers go out to Callemyn and his family.We worked together for Duke police,I went on to another department and shortly after he followed. If any member a the family needs me call 919 244-5706.

  • COPs eye Feb 18, 2007

    Wildman may have a point about this officer being fatigued or moonlighting. I am a Deputy Sheriff and with what Law Enforcement Officers make we have to moonlight just to support our families. I feel the loss of a brother like all of us do. I pray for the family of this officer, especially the children. I know the officers in Durham will take care of the family that is what WE DO in this profession we take care of our own because so very often chumps like wildman second guess and scrutinize every thing we do, but benefit from our sacrifices. It seems no matter how much we scarifice for the society we are sworn to protect there is someone that has to sit back and judge one of us without ever knowing what it is like to be one of us. Some people are meant to call the police and some people are meant to be the police. GOD BE WITH YOU BROTHER!!!

  • mchlpickle Feb 18, 2007

    My prayers go out to this mans family. May God be with you during your time of sorrow.I personally want to thank you for having such a brave young man in your family that was willing to put his life on the line for people he didn't even know to protect and serve.Again thanks with all my heart and God bless you.

  • tigger Feb 18, 2007

    Wildman, I have a lot of friends that are police officers, I have also taken Criminal Justice classes, but you should be thankful that this young police officer put his life on the line to protect us, I am a mother of 2 children who serve in the National Guards, I worry about my children and my friends that are police officers. It is a dangerous job out there whether you are a police officer, emt, fire fighter, or a soldier and you are under paid for risking your life to give people the freedom and safety that they deserve everyday in this country. As for an accident, it can happen, my youngest child was in one Monday and it was a serious accident, and she hopes the person that was in the accident with her is alright...We are not totally sure on my daughter's injuries yet. As for this police officers family I hope you are very proud of your husband, dad, son, etc, because he was very couragous to do the job he did and I thank him for protecting everyone.