'Department Gave Me Everything,' says Retiring Sergeant
by Anthony F. Irwin
A Fullerton police officer of nearly 30 years retired last month and, as he looks back, he says pride in the city and camaraderie compelled him to undertake the career.
"I grew up in the area and have seen it grow to where it is today," says Sgt. Sean Fares. “I couldn’t be more proud of that growth, and the possibility that I’ve helped in some small way is something I’ll take with me for as long as I live here.”
Fares grew up in La Mirada. His mother worked at the Fullerton News-Tribune, his father at Hughes Aircraft. He attended La Mirada High School and eventually Fullerton Community College, where he saw fliers to become a police cadet.
He played baseball through high school and, as he prepared for college and life beyond that sport, Fares wanted to stay active and maintain a team-oriented mentality. He says he found both at FPD.
Fares has worked in nearly every capacity at the department, and at one point left for the Marshall’s Office (now the Sheriff’s Department) for 11 months in ’93. He says the community and excitement that surrounds FPD brought him back.
“I took a particular enjoyment while I worked SIU (Special Investigations Unit). We were in charge of investigating rapes, murders, and those things. That detective work, getting to know and grow alongside partners, and delivering closure to victims’ families – I really thrived on that environment,” said Fares. “I never quite got that at the Marshall’s Office.”
As he looks forward to the next stage in his life, Fares knows the relationships he formed at the station will last well beyond his retirement. He was a cadet alongside Police Chief Dan Hughes, and Captain Lorraine Jones – who nominated him for special recognition at a crime strategy meeting last month.
“FPD and the city are in good hands,” he says. “I’ve only ever lived in this area and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon so I’ll continue to see everyone here; come to open houses, all those kinds of things because I love this city and this department. They both have given me and my family everything we have today.”