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History is being made every day. Paralegal Shamara Thomas salutes Captain Donald L. Thomas of the City of Detroit Fire Department

February 27, 2018

History is being made every day. Thanks to Kerr Russell paralegal Shamara Thomas for sharing this with us in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.

In further recognition of the accomplishments of African Americans in our great city of Detroit, today we honor one of our hometown heroes, Captain Donald L. Thomas of the City of Detroit Fire Department.

Born and raised in Detroit, Captain Thomas began his career with the Detroit Fire Department in 2000 as a Firefighter taking his responsibilities as a first responder and public servant to heart.

In 2003, Captain Thomas received the Detroit Firefighters Association Earl J. Berry Medal Of Valor citation, awarded by the Detroit City Council, for his bravery in nearly sacrificing his own life to help save the life of a civilian who was slowly dying in a burning car due to lack of oxygen. Captain Thomas instinctively took off his face piece and gave it to the civilian, while helping him to breathe and remain calm while other first responders attempted to rescue the civilian from the severely damaged vehicle.

Over the years, Captain Thomas exhibited many acts of heroism to protect his fellow firefighters and civilians of Detroit from harm. In 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant, and within 3 years earned the rank of Captain.

Captain Thomas is an active volunteer and participant with non-profit and community activism programs and organizations. Captain Thomas has a Bachelor's degree in Public Safety and a Master's degree in Leadership. He currently resides in Metropolitan Detroit with his two teenage sons. We thank you, Captain Thomas, for your service.

(In an interesting twist of fate, Director of Marketing Roy Sexton has a mug in his office - inherited from his days working at Oakwood Healthcare, now Beaumont Health - from the City Of Detroit Fire Department that has Captain Thomas' name on the back, honoring him for the heroic incident, recounted above.)

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