NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - If you blink, you'll miss the Newton Police Department's two finest employees. Not because they're small, but because even at 86 and 89 years old, Ken Campbell and Evaleene Fowler are like lightning on the town's downtown sidewalks.
"It was two years ago. Mrs. Fowler got hit by a car and was out of work," said Newton Police Captain Michael Sullivan. "She was mad at the doctors because they wouldn't let her come back to work."
The duo is assigned the downtown and surrounding areas. Their task is both to patrol parking and - when school is in session - to direct traffic.
But their most important assignment is to walk the streets and relate to the public. "They're PR gems," Capt. Sullivan said.
Fowler has worked for the department for 22 years and, although she is not a sworn officer, she'll write you a parking ticket if she has to.
"I don't write that many," Fowler said, "But I have to if they back in or park too long."
Campbell says most of his tickets go to people who park on the wrong side of the street. "Once in a while," he said, "But I don't like to."
While some of the folks working or visiting know them by name, most everybody knows their kind smiles and polite conversation. They are community relations experts with no plans of retiring anytime soon.
"I guess I'll leave when they fire me," Fowler said.
Her boss, Captain Sullivan, just smiles and shakes his head, indicating that's not coming anytime soon.