HEBER CITY, Utah (News4Utah) He’s a small town cop – and he loves it. Officer T.C. Thomas has been serving and protecting for about five years. And he says being an officer and working in Heber City is a perfect match.
“I feel like this is where I can provide the help – make a difference in a small community like this anyway.” Officer Thomas feels right at home in Heber. “We have a really unique opportunity – being a small agency – to really get our community to trust us and get to know us.”
The 30-year-old officer says patrolling the streets and watching over the schools in the city of 15-thousand fits his style of police work. “I’ve had people I’ve arrested who come up to me later and say ‘thanks I needed that and I’ve changed my life, I’ve done this. I’ve done that.’ In a small community, you can do that.”
That’s not to say he doesn’t deal with real crime and real issues. He told me about a violent incident that involved a man with alcohol in his system and a knife in his hand. “I hear his significant other crying and saying please put the knife down. So, things started changing in my mind.” “I’m yelling commands to put the knife down. I’m yelling really loud so everyone can hear.” “At that point I determined he was drunk. Not just a little bit drunk, but a lot drunk. So, I put my gun away. And I tackled him as hard as I could and grabbed his hand with the knife.” “I got him in the car and it was blurry and I realized he had broken my glasses during the struggle. I keep em – I still got my broken my glasses.” Officer Thomas says during the struggle another officer tased the suspect and he someone put his hand between the two prongs and got shocked. He says it was an experience that also helped him realize how quickly he could become a victim
Officer Thomas says he loves the unknown of each day at work.”Yea, you stop car or two. You might take someone to jail. You might save a life. You might not save a life. It’s not a daily grind. It’s a daily ‘who knows’.”
And while he thought about other careers, he says police work is where he found his purpose. “I come to work. I’m happy to be here. I like the people I work with. I enjoy coming to work and a lot of people don’t.” “There’s something rewarding about it.”
As part of his uniform, Officer Thomas wears a second badge – that says ‘expert marksmen’. He earned that badge by having a perfect score during training at the gun range.
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