When I grow up

Tyler Thomas, center, is flanked by Houston Police officers, Larry Mims and Robert Ivy. Thomas, 7, plans to be a police officer when he grows up and showed off his new uniform to the local police men. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

Tyler Thomas, center, is flanked by Houston Police officers, Larry Mims and Robert Ivy. Thomas, 7, plans to be a police officer when he grows up and showed off his new uniform to the local police men.
(Photo by Lisa Voyles)

HOUSTON – Some children and youth struggle with their plans for adulthood, but Tyler Thomas has already set his cap for the future.
Thomas, 7, states emphatically he wants to be a policeman when he grows up and has already made friends on the force in Houston.
“Every time he sees us, he’s just fascinated,” said Houston police officer Larry Mims. “If we see him at WalMart, he inspects our uniforms, belt and all. He’s checking out everything.”
Mims and fellow officer, Robert Ivy, both drove the Headstart bus when Thomas was a pre-school student and feel that may be what sparked his original interest in law enforcement, but Thomas is pretty sure of his reasons for wanting to pursue a career on the force.
“Because you get to chase the other people, the bad people,” Thomas said.
“And you get to help people,” reminded Mims.
Thomas’ choice of police departments to join is clearly Houston.
“Yep,” Thomas said.
His mother, Robin, said he’s already making sacrifices for his career. She took Tyler to Tupelo, heading for Chuck E. Cheese’s, when they made a detour by Teacher’s Pet and Tyler found a police officer’s uniform he just had to have.
“I told him if we buy the uniform, it means we aren’t going to Chuck E. Cheese,” Robin said. “He wasn’t studying Chuck E. Cheese one bit.”
Thomas made the decision to follow his dream and purchase the uniform and couldn’t wait to get back home to show his friends and fellow officers, Mims and Ivy.

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  • Donna Franks

    That is so sweet. I am so proud of this mother for letting her child know that the Police are there to protect children and to help them if they need to. So many parents threaten children with the police and make them afraid. This is one smart little boy and I know he will grow up to be a fine Police Officer.