MOUNT MORRIS – One of Mount Morris’ finest officially retired his badge after decades of service in uniform that he finished as a village police officer.
According to a Facebook post by his wife Catey Elaine, Officer Tom ‘Jethro’ Brice was truly devoted to service and public safety, starting as a submariner with the U.S. Navy in 1980.
“[He’s] a man of honor, a man of dignity,and a man of the badge and uniform,” posted Elaine. “Today marked a mile stone in our lives. An old timer of the badge once told him,’The job will tell you when to retire.’ That time is today to retire the uniform and all that has gone with it.”
Brice joined the U.S. Navy as a submariner in 1980 and remained active until 1983. He was then in the active reserve from 1983 to 1986.
He joined the Rochester Police Department in 1986 and served on their roll patrol until 2002.
He then went on to be firearms examiner for RPD until retiring from RPD in 2009.
He joined the Mount Morris Police Department shortly after leaving RPD, and has remained in that capacity for the past seven years.
“Tom Brice wasn’t ready yet to completely stop doing what he has done all his life and that was to keep peace,” added Elaine.
Brice has been a seasoned firearms instructor since he began in 1991. to present time. Elaine added that he spent endless hours with a gun in his hand, loving every bit of it and winning many shooting competitions.
“I wanted to share this with you all because if you know my husband he is an amazing man and was one of the best officers ever to serve,” posted Elaine. “A true hero!”