Suzanne Perry Cressman

Suzanne Perry Cressman

Born 1963

Suzanne Cressman, far right. Courtesy of Ellie Goodfriend.

“Officer Sue” was born in 1963. Her parents are Janette Perry and Lewis Perry. When she was 11 years old, her sister, Maryanne was born. Both sisters were born in Newport, Rhode Island and grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. During the time when the sisters were growing up, they stayed in Portsmouth and never moved.

When growing up, her family had a dog named Tiger, and she lived in a neighborhood where she and the other children used to play kickball together. When she started school, she went to Melville Elementary School in Portsmouth, RI. When she was in high school, she worried about finding a job and getting good grades. She went to Portsmouth Middle School and then went to Portsmouth High School for her other years of education. When she finished high school, she took the route and went to University of Rhode Island. (URI).

After 13 years of school, and college, Sue applied to work as a mechanical engineer. She waited and waited for the results. Finally, she opened the letter and she got in. During her time as a mechanical engineer, Sue met her husband and then kept going on with her life. After being an engineer, Sue wanted another adventure and became a police officer. Today, she is a police officer in Little Compton, R.I. and she has saved and changed lots of people’s lives.

Throughout her whole life, she had a big influence in her own life, her mom.  Janette believed that Sue and Maryanne could do anything they put their mind to and Sue used that advice. She had 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. 3 of them were different kinds of engineers and one of the girls is an art teacher. Sue is so proud of her family and that, she believes, is her greatest accomplishment. One of her daughters even substitutes at Wilbur and McMahon School. In Sue’s free time,  she likes to sew, garden and help out around the town.

The reason why I picked Officer Sue is because Suzanne is a caring, helpful person who doesn’t just care about herself. Sue works hard everyday and she is not just a police officer, she is so much more than that.

Based on an interview with Suzanne Cressman, April 1, 2020.

Written by: Ellie Goodfriend, Grade 5 – Wilbur & McMahon School

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