By Joe Southern
Like father, like son.
Aaron Clark grew up in a law enforcement family so it was no surprise when he followed in his father’s footsteps and his uncle’s and those of other members of his extended family. His father is Deputy Chief Raymond Clark of the Port Arthur Police Department.
Aaron Clark, 35, is a patrol officer for the Stafford Police Department. He was born in Port Arthur, grew up in Wharton and graduated from Stafford High School in 1999. After high school he took a job at a warehouse and attended classes at a community college, but none of it was what he really wanted in life.
“I got a job doing security at (the University of Houston) at night and I went to the police academy during the day for seven months,” he said.
He joined the Stafford Police Department in 2009 and worked for more than five years before he accepted a patrol position with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. He stayed only six months and then returned to Stafford in February of 2015.
“They named me officer of the year in 2015,” he said, adding that the honor surprised him.
“I go to work, I do my job and I try to stay under the radar,” he said.
About three years ago he was given a lifesaving award for rescuing two men from an apartment fire.
“I kicked down the door and there were two individuals, white males, asleep and they wouldn’t wake up,” he said.
He got them out before the fire department arrived.
Clark said he enjoys the variety of experiences he gets as an officer. He’s had his share of bar fights, traffic accidents and such but each day brings something new.
“When you go to work, you don’t know what you’re going to get,” he said.