Personalities Plus — Melvin McAfoos

Melvin McAfoos is a Portales police officer. He likes water and cop shows. He has two dogs … and a healthy interest in Sandra Bullock.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
“Spending the day at the lake on our boat, with my family and friends.”

Tell us about your pets:
“Sox, a 13-year-old Pekingese; and Rayz , a 3-year-old Alaskan malamute.”

What is your favorite poem?
“ ‘Footprints in the Sand.’ ”

What is your fondest memory of Portales?
“When the police department called and said that I had a job here as a police officer.”

Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why?
“Sandra Bullock. She is good-looking.”

What do you think about Portales?
“It is a great place to raise a family.”

What’s your favorite TV show, past and present?
“ ‘M.A.S.H.,’ ‘Cops,’ ‘FBI Files,’ ‘The New Detectives’ and ‘Forensic Files.’ ”

Who are your favorite entertainers?
“Sandra Bullock and John Wayne.”

What’s so great about your favorite sport?
“Underwater diving — getting underwater, away from everything.”

Tell us about a time you cried:
“When my parents died.”

Tell us about a happy time:
“When I married my wife.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?
“When my picture was on the front page of the newspaper with blood running down my face (after) being injured when arresting a subject.”

Tell us about your mom or dad:
“They were strict and loving and taught me right from wrong.”

What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?
“Retired.”

When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult?
“Self-employed as a mechanic or a police officer.”

If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“Have peace everywhere in the world and no hungry children.”

What gives you strength?
“My family and the church.”

Who is your hero and why?
“John Wayne. He fought the bad guys and always won.”

Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment:
“Becoming a police officer.”

If I could do anything, I would …
“Bring peace throughout the world.”

What is your greatest fear?
“Losing all that I have worked for.”

What is your greatest hope?
“To retire with my wife.”

What is your favorite taste?
“Salsa and a good steak.”

What is your favorite smell?
“Roses.”

Tell us about a time you were afraid:
“When I was arresting a subject and we both went through a wall and I saw blood running down my face.”

What’s your favorite part about your job?
“Seeing justice done.”

What do you not like about your job?
“Paperwork.”

Tell us about your first date:
“We went to the lake and got stuck in the mud. I offered to carry her out and she refused and we walked through the water and mud.”
— Compiled by Loretta Kos