By Michael V. Hannigan
Malakoff Detective Sergeant Floyd Thomas recently received the Hope Award from the East Texas Crisis Center.
The award was presented at the Crisis Center’s annual Wine and Cheese event held this year on Oct. 7.
Recipients are chosen because of “their dedication in helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in the community.”
In a letter announcing the award, Crisis Center Director of Outreach Donna Johnson wrote, “Officer Thomas’s work as a police officer for the Malakoff Police Department has been recognized not only by the East Texas Crisis Center but also by members in the community. I have witnessed first hand his dedication in working with victims in our community and going beyond to secure safety for victims and their children when confronted with violence.”
Thomas said winning the award was an honor.
“It is truly an honor to accept this, it makes you feel like you are doing something. It is a pleasure to see the look on the individuals’ faces when you are able to help them get a new life started.”
Thomas spoke to reporters at last week’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally at the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. Indicating the event and the departments represented – the Crisis Center, the Help Center, the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney, the County Attorney, Athens PD – he said fighting domestic violence takes everyone.
“I didn’t do it alone,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of all the other departments involved. … It is a team effort by all.”