City police officer retires, but son continues family tradition in field
Posted: November 30, 2012
Star staff report
WINCHESTER — They share the same name, the same profession, and a nearly 30-minute commute to work every day — but most of that will soon change for William H. Andrews Sr. and his son.
Andrews Sr. — better known as Homer — is retiring today after 23 years with the Winchester Police Department.
The 60-year-old Edinburg native started his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a police officer in the town, located in Shenandoah County. The force was two strong — Andrews and the chief.
His interview there consisted of riding around with the chief for three consecutive nights — after which he was hired and sworn in inside the magistrate’s house.
In 1989, he became a police officer in Winchester — a place he called the “big city.”
After becoming a master police officer in 2006, Andrews never desired to climb any higher in the department because he enjoyed working the streets and the opportunity to meet new people every day.
He said being an officer is “something that you can do that’s worthwhile to help others. It’s a great career to get into.”
Andrews Sr. comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His brother is a sergeant with the Virginia State Police, and he has passed the passion on to his son.
Andrews Jr. — better known as Jay — became an officer with the city police in 2010.
“I didn’t encourage him to and I didn’t discourage him — I wanted it to be a decision that he made,” the elder Andrews said.
Andrews Jr., however, said he always wants his parents’ approval.
“Even though I might not listen to their advice, I always want their approval,” he said.
Andrews Jr. added that as his father enters retirement, he wanted to give him a message.
“Enjoy the rest of your life because you never know when it’s going to end and don’t do too many house [chores],” he said, knowing that there’s a mile-long honey-do list waiting for his father.
Andrews Sr. said he will spend his free time playing golf, riding his motorcycle and traveling.
As for his career, he said “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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