Son Follows In Father’s Footsteps At Lancaster Police Department


UPDATED: Thursday June 27, 2013 6:04 PM

The Lancaster Police Department is saying farewell this week to a respected officer.

So respected, in fact, his son has joined him on the force.

The two Schorrs have been protecting the City of Lancaster together now for the past three years.

Chief Dave Bailey said it is not uncommon for sons to follow after their fathers and become police officers.

But he said it has been 30 years since a father and son have worked in the Lancaster Police Department together.

The two Schorrs are known affectionately as senior and junior.

“We’re always referred to as the Shorr boys, junior and senior,” the two said.

The men said that they share more than just a name - they share a passion for law enforcement.

The younger half, Jim Schorr Jr., is a patrol officer.

“This is my dream job,” Junior said.

The elder half, Jim Schorr Sr., is a detective with the major crimes unit.

“I’m helping somebody out, or I’m correcting a wrong,” Senior said.

Junior joined the Lancaster Police Department in 2010 with his father by his side – something he said he had wanted to do for as long as he can remember.

“Every day, I got to see him come and go in his cruiser, in his uniform. I saw that as ‘Hey, that’s pretty cool,’” Junior said.

Senior set the example for his son more than 30 years ago when he joined the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. His career took him to Harris County in Texas before he made his final stop with the Lancaster Police Department 23 years ago.

He said that the highlight of his career was seeing his son join him on the force.

“When he decided to make a decision to do it, I was 100 percent for him,” Senior said.

But the two admit that the transition from father and son to co-workers had some minor challenges.

“Do I call him, Dad? Do I call him, Jim? What do I call him?” Junior said.

Senior said that his son has slipped up a couple of times and called him Dad.

If the men have their way, another Schorrr boy will face the same challenge.

Junior’s 8-year-old son Connor said he would like to become a cop someday, too.

Friday is Senior’s last day. He said he plans to spend his retirement enjoying his family.

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