Name: Mike Thomas
Agency: Foster Township Police Department
Length of time in position: 7 years as Lieutenant at Foster Township
19 years total as a police officer
What made you decide to become a first responder?
Since I was a very young child, I have always wanted to be a police officer. I remember watching early TV shows such as Chips and TJ Hooker and always admiring the way they helped the citizens and got the criminals off the streets. I have had a large amount of support from my mom, Patricia, and I would not be doing this without her.
What is your favorite superhero or super villain and why?
My favorite superhero would have to be Batman because he was the ultimate crime fighter. He, along with his sidekick Robin, always got the better of the villains and justice prevailed. I guess I would have to say my favorite super villain would be the Joker. When Heath Ledger did the performance of the Joker in the Dark Knight he really stole the show!
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is the feeling you get when you do your job to help the people (victims) and they respond with thankfulness and the relief from the terrible situation they have just endured.
Tell us about your family and /or pets?
I was born and raised in Bradford and I reside in Foster Township with my wife Samantha, our two children, Emily & Mason, and our dog, JuJu Belle. I started my law enforcement career in 2000 and worked numerous part-time jobs at places such as Emporium, Port Allegany & Kane. In 2005, I had started full-time in Kane and was very fortunate to come back home when Foster Township hired me in 2005.
I come from a large family and have plenty of relatives who reside in the Bradford area so I was very happy to be home. I also worked part time with UPB Campus Police & Bradford Township while I’ve been full time with Foster Township. I currently only work my full-time job and I’m a part-time deputy with the McKean County Sheriff’s Office. On my off-time, I am also a coach for my son’s football team, the Bradford Raptors youth football program.
What is one thing you want the community to know about what you do?
I want the community to know that being a police officer in this town is very rewarding, and I couldn’t be happier serving the Bradford area, the town I grew up in and am raising my family in.
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