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Gallatin police officer dies after battle with brain cancer

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Ofc. Kevin Thomas (Photo from Gallatin police) Ofc. Kevin Thomas (Photo from Gallatin police)
GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

Gallatin police Officer Kevin Thomas has died after a battle with a malignant brain tumor.

Thomas, who grew up in Gallatin and started his career in law enforcement right out of high school, died Thursday at age 34.

"Officer Thomas was a great husband, father and friend. He was a hard working police officer, well liked and respected by his peers and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him," said Gallatin police spokesman Sgt. Bill Storment in a statement.

In an interview last year with Channel 4 News, Thomas said he first knew something was wrong after suffering from what he thought was a migraine while on patrol in May 2012.

"I knew it was bad, but I didn't know how bad it was until I got out of my car on a call and I was kind of unsteady on my feet. And I said, 'this is not right,'" Thomas said in that interview.

Doctors soon discovered a plum-sized tumor in his brain.

"When you say your vows, you don't really think that you're going to have to do the 'in sickness' part. But, you know, it's a whole new meaning to it," wife Lois Thomas said in May 2012.

The Gallatin Police Department, along with officers from other local agencies, rallied to help the Thomases by raising thousands of dollars through fundraisers and other events.

Over the course of his career, Kevin Thomas also spent time working for the Sumner County Sheriff's Office and Hendersonville Police Department, and he worked as a school resource officer at Westmoreland and Station Camp high schools.

"We extend our hearts and love to his family at this difficult time and thank all those in the community that have been supportive of Kevin and his family during the past year of this battle," Storment said.

The first visitation for Kevin 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 at the Gallatin City Cemetery.

The department's honor guard will stand near his casket.

And several departments will take part in an honor procession as the entire law enforcement community mourns the loss of one of their own.

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

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