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Officer Tommy Heithcock celebrated for service, Retiring after 36 years

In 1976, Tommy Heithcock began his law enforcement service to Williamson County as a “Swing Jailer,” hired by Sheriff Fleming Williams to spend part of his time dispatching calls and part of his time working in the County Jail. Heithcock worked as a Franklin Police Officer for four and a half years before going to work for Spring Hill Police. He returned to the FPD in 1991, and has called it home ever since.

Officer Heithcock was born and raised in Franklin, graduating from Franklin High School in 1969. Married to Lula, the Heithcocks have three adult children: Shannon, Emmy, and Ben.

Heithcock says that the people are what he will miss the most, speaking of community members and city employees. “Playing with my grandchildren more, though, is what I look forward to most.” When asked for the piece of advice he would share with officers just starting out, Heithcock said “Be true to yourself and your family. Be honest and fair with everyone, in every situation, and you’ll have no regrets about your service.”

Officer Heithcock has served as a patrol officer and detective. His most recent assignment includes managing the Department’s Warrants Section.  

Chief David Rahinsky said, “Officer Heithcock’s 36 years of selfless service in law enforcement are representative of the character of a true public servant. He will be missed.” Friends, family, and fellow officers will meet at Police Headquarters Monday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. to celebrate Officer Tommy Heithcock’ s career.

Posted on: 12/10/2012


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