NORMAN — Charles “Chuck” Daily is retiring after more than 26 years of service to the Norman Police Department. During that time, friends and colleagues say Daily exemplified a “service attitude” and a straight talking style of honesty.
“You could always count on Chuck to tell you the way it was,” Maj. Kevin Foster told the roomful of friends, family and coworkers who gathered Friday to tell Daily goodbye and good luck.
Daily was described by friends as a great American and patriot who helped colleagues who were deployed, even helping one family move during the husband’s deployment.
Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey said Daily had an astounding 63 letters of commendation during the course of his career.
Daily started with Norman PD on Sept. 21, 1987 as part of the 25th Norman Police Training Academy along with Shon Elroy, David King and Jon Harris. Daily served with the patrol division and was elevated to master police officer in 1992 then to sergeant in 2010.
In 2011, Daily was selected to serve on the Full Ttime Officer Selection Board and as Academy Mentor. In 2012, he was selected to serve as FTO for the 49th Norman Police Academy and also for the Part Time Officer position.
During his career, Daily directly affected the lives of the people he served. In February 1992, he received a certificate of merit for rendering basic life support. He was given the commendation bar with risk in March 1998 and the community policing officer award in 2000.
Daily received multiple other commendations, recognitions and safe driver awards. He was an Officer of the Year finalist in 2002 and again in 2007.
In September 2007, he received the lifesaving award for an incident that truly showed his ability to serve his community. Daily realized that a speeding vehicle that would not stop was rushing to the hospital. Dispatch advised an infant had stopped breathing. Backed up by two other officers, Daily performed life-saving CPR on the infant and continued to do so until they reached the emergency room.
By the time they arrived at the ER, the child had been partially resuscitated and had a pulse.
Daily also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. He earned the National Defense Service Medal.
Daily thanked his family for their support, especially wife Sharri. The couple has three children Luke, Kyle and Katie. Kyle and his wife Cori were able to attend the retirement reception.
“Go home and give your families a hug,” Daily told his fellow officers.
He said a solid foundation at home is what allows police officers to do their jobs day after day.
Daily is retiring to be able to focus on his family. He doesn’t regret his years of service.
“It was something I always wanted to do, ever since I was a kid,” he said. “I wanted to help others.”
Daily lived in Texas for a short time but returned to Oklahoma and to Norman where he grew up. He said Norman is in his blood.
“I’ve had a great career,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time here.”
Daily served as a patrol officer in east Norman where he also lives. He said he’s part of that community and understands its issues — the wildfire of 2012 almost got his house as it ravaged the area.
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