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Gallatin police Officer Kevin Thomas was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in May.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
Kevin Thomas' job is to serve and protect, but on Friday night, the Gallatin police officer was on the receiving end of his community's compassion.
Thomas, Station Camp High School's resource officer, was diagnosed with brain cancer four months ago.
The school is using the slogan, "Once a bison, always a bison" to support Thomas' allegiance to the school.
During his time as the school's resource officer, Thomas made a lot of friends, and now those students want Officer Thomas to know they care about him.
"These young people have gotten together with us and are extending some love and affection towards someone in need," said Gallatin police Lt. Rickey Troup.
Thomas was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive types of cancer, in May.
"It's the fastest growing kind, that's pretty scary," Thomas said. "The thing that's gotten us through this is our community. They've been awesome."
"With a situation like that and those kind of medical expenses," Troup said. "It gets kind of hard for the family to maintain bills and help pay those expenses."
Fundraising banners were hung and donations were accepted Friday night as Station Camp took on Gallatin. The game was expected to draw 3,000 people from the Gallatin area alone.
The Station Camp football team has also named Thomas as honorary captain for the game.
"We've just had so much support for our family in such a time that's been so hard," said Lois Thomas, wife of the ailing officer. "They have really lifted us up and helped us."
"You don't always think about it, but man they really let us know how they feel," Officer Kevin Thomas told Nashville's News Two just minutes before he was presented with a signed football from the Bison football team, "We've been really blessed."
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