Officer retiring after 25 years with police department



Retired Police Officer Thomas Rye, right, receives his badge and an engraved pistol from Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter. Photo by Jalene Jameson

Retired Police Officer Thomas Rye, right, receives his badge and an engraved pistol from Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter. Photo by Jalene Jameson

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Police Officer Thomas Rye retired Oct. 30 and was honored at Monday’s Flint Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Rye served as an officer for 25 years and was awarded a proclamation for his service by township Supervisor Karyn Miller and his badge and an engraved pistol by Chief Kevin Salter as Flint Township police officers and family and friends looked on.

Salter said Rye began his career in Flint Township on Sept. 12, 1994. He said that broke down into 301 months, 1,311 weeks or 9,179 days.

“So for over 9,000 days, Tom served the residents of this community as a police officer,” he said. “I think that in today’s society being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs to have, and Tom did it for 25 years. I think that says a lot about the type of person Tom is, and it also says a lot about the support he got from friends and family.

“A few days ago, before my hair turned gray and before Tom’s turned gray, Tom was my field training officer,” Salter said. “I learned a lot from Tom and not just from training, but through my career here. So for that, Tom, I want to say thank you for all that you did.”

Over the years, Rye served as a road patrol officer, community police officer, school resource officer, field training officer, DARE instructor, bicycle patrol officer and hostage negotiator. He received numerous citations for professional excellence.