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Gallatin Police Officer Dies After Battle With Brain Cancer

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by Emily Luxen

GALLATIN, Tenn. - Gallatin police officers are mourning the death of one of their own who dedicated years to protecting his community.

Officer Kevin Thomas passed away Thursday evening at his home after a battle with a malignant brain tumor.   He was 34 years old.  His colleagues said he will be missed.

"He was compassionate, he was tenderhearted, but he was a hard worker and tough as a police officer," said Sgt. Bill Storment with the Gallatin Police Department.

Officers described Thomas as outgoing, cheerful and a joy to work with.

"He's going to be in our hearts forever," said Gallatin Police Chief Don Bandy. "He was a big part of this department and we won't forget him."

To honor Thomas, Friday flags flew at half staff outside the department, and officers wore mourning bands over their badges.

Thomas was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2012.  As he endured rounds of chemotherapy, his fellow officers supported him.  The police department, along with members of the community helped the Thomas family by raising thousands of dollars through fundraisers.

In addition to his time at the Gallatin Police Department, Thomas worked at the Sumner County Sheriff's Department, Henderson Police Department, and worked as a school resource officer at Westmoreland and Station Camp High Schools.

"He always did his job with the utmost respect for the community," said Chief Bandy. "That's what made him such a great person and a great officer."

Visitation for Thomas will be Sunday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, located at 584 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.  A second visitation is set for Monday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, located at 744 Hartsville Pike, also in Gallatin.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. at the church with burial following at the Gallatin City Cemetery.

The department's honor guard will stand near his casket, and officers will take part in an honor procession.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kevin Thomas Beneficiary Memorial Fund at Regions Bank.

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