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On June 22, 2012, Sgt. Al Owens faced on of the greatest challenges of his adult life. He danced in front of hundreds of people at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. What makes this story so special is how Al ended up performing. About 7 weeks ago, Al’s neighbor Grace McSheffery, an 8-year-old girl, came and asked Al if he would go to a father/daughter dance recital with her. Grace’s father had passed away a few years ago and she wanted to know if Al would be willing to stand in for her deceased father. Al instantly said that he would. “It would have been impossible for me to say no to a kid who looks up to me and the police department”, Sgt. Owens later said.
Al knew that there were not too many 240-pound dancers out there, but how tough could it be? He thought there would be a couple of dances with Grace and a bunch of other dads out on the dance floor and then some cookies and punch. What Al didn’t realize was that this was a dance “recital” and not just a dance. He later found out that they would be performing in front of a crowd and not just dancing in a school auditorium. Al and Grace went through seven weeks of dance lessons to prepare for their evening on stage.
On June 22, 2012, Al and Grace performed in front of a large audience in Poway. They did an East Coast Swing with many lifts and flips. Al said, “It will be a memorable night for both me and her. I am sure we will both remember it for the rest of our lives.”
This is just one example of many of how Sgt. Al Owens has become involved in the community. The Escondido Police Department is fortunate to have Al on our team and we are proud of what he does every day for the community.
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