Scholarship fund honors Kaufman County deputy
Posted by : January 12, 2013| On :
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department patrol sergeant Carl Henry “ Skip” Thomas III, died suddenly Oct. 5, 2011, as the result of a very rare liver disease, which undetected until a few weeks prior to his passing.
Thomas took extended leave due to his health issues. He had missed very little work during his 11-year tenure with the sheriffs’ department.
Subsequently, he had built up many hours of compensatory, sick and vacation time and believed he would be able to return to work.
However, Thomas never got better and as his health continued to declined he found himself with no source of income.
Thomas’ family was able to provide financial assistance to pay his personal bills and premiums.
Thomas loved God, his family and profession, and his position as a patrol sergeant.
He loved and respected his co-workers greatly and often spoke about how fortunate he was to have a family that was able to offer him financial support in his time of need.
He also voiced many concerns about other first responders who could have a similar situation fall upon them.
So, the Thomas family has established the Carl “Skip Thomas” Memorial Fund.
The Fund will aide first responders working for any fire or law enforcement agency in Kaufman County who may find themselves in a devastating life situation without any means of support or provision for their family and the daily necessities of life.
In addition, the Carl “Skip” Thomas Memorial Fund has established scholarships to a graduating Kaufman and Kemp High School senior interested in pursuing a law enforcement career.
Interested graduating seniors may ask their counselor for an application or call Pat Laney at the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department at (972) 932-4337.
The fund, established at The American National Bank of Kaufman, is perpetual and managed by Thomas’ sister, Wendy.
The funds board will consist of members from the Thomas family, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department and the Thomas Family Legal Counsel, and will remain so until the funds termination.
Any first responder with a desperate situation may apply for financial assistance by calling Wendy Thomas at (972) 932-4369.
Tax deductible donations may be made to the Carl “Skip” Thomas Memorial Fund at the American National Bank of Kaufman.