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Trooper from Rockwell painting dies

Clemens, 83, lived in Clifton Park

Retired Massachusetts state trooper Richard Clemens of Clifton Park, the model for Norma Rockwell's, "The Runaway," gives a short talk about his experience in modeling for the painting at Skano Elementary School in Clifton Park in 2006.
Retired Massachusetts state trooper Richard Clemens of Clifton Park, the model for Norma Rockwell's, "The Runaway," gives a short talk about his experience in modeling for the painting at Skano Elementary School in Clifton Park in 2006.
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Richard Clemens Jr. was doing more than just acting when he modeled for Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting “The Runaway” in 1958. To hear his friends and family tell it, he lived the life of the helpful state trooper who set aside his own life to reach out to others. “A lot of people were painted by Norman Rockwell, but there weren’t a lot of people who really lived” the scene in which they posed, said ...


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