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70-year-old Jasper man fulfills dream of joining police force

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JASPER, TX (KTRE) -

70-year-old Tom Parker joined the Jasper Police Department just a month ago.

Parker works as a reserve officer for the department after graduating from the Angelina College Police Academy in May.

"That was one of the toughest things I ever did in my life but I'm glad I finished," said Parker.

After completing the 21 week course, Parker was able to fulfill his dream of serving the Jasper Community.

"I'm proud, it's something I never thought I could do and the Jasper Police Department is a very good department," said Parker.

Parker was oldest member in a class that started with 38 students but after various training and intense testing not everyone made it to graduation day.

"It was a great it was very interesting going across the stage with 24 of them," said Parker.

Parker says as a reserve officer, he serves his community anyway he can. For emergencies he's on call whenever the department needs him.

And he doesn't plan on letting anything slow him down.

"Just something that I had on my bucket list and that I wanted to try and I did it," said Parker.

 And his instructors say his age may give him an edge out in the field.

"The older students have a lot of life experience they can add," said Terri Dollar, Instructor.

Parker says after completing the course he believes it's never too late to pursue your dreams       

"It doesn't matter what your age is you have to be determined," said Parker.

 And now that he's reached his goal he plans on using his position benefit the community.

Parker said he did have to retake his final exam before passing the course.

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