A Gallatin police officer has died after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Officer Kevin Thomas passed away Thursday night at the age of 34.
Thomas began his career in law enforcement in March of 1998, working at the Sumner County jail.
He transferred to the Hendersonville Police Department where he attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2000.
In 2003, Officer Thomas returned to the Sumner County Sheriff's Office where he worked as a school resource officer at Westmoreland and Station Camp high schools.
In May of 2010, he began working at the Gallatin Police Department where he worked as a bike officer and was a member of the department's SWAT team.
Gallatin police spokesperson Officer Bill Storment called Thomas a “great husband, father and friend” and a “hard working police officer.”
In a statement, Storment said, he will be “greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him.”
Thomas was diagnosed with Glioblastoma after trying to work through what he thought was a migraine in May of 2012. Several fundraisers were held in his honor last year.
Visitation for Thomas will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home located at 584 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.
On Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. visitation will be held at Hartville Pike Church of Christ located at 744 Hartsville Pike in Gallatin with the funeral immediately following at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Kevin Thomas Beneficiary Memorial Fund at Regions Bank.
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