‘Thomas is one of the good ones’; Jax Beach Police officer wins new Hyundai SUV

Officer Thomas Harper has been with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department for more than four years. (Thomas Harper)
Jacksonville Beach Police Officer Thomas Harper loves to meet people in the community that he serves. (Thomas Harper)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thanks to a nomination from a citizen he has sworn to serve and protect and nearly 400 votes, a Jacksonville Beach Police Department officer has been named the Hyundai Hometown Hero - First Responder winner.

Officer Thomas Harper will receive a 2022 Hyundai Tucson SUV for his commitment to his community.

Ofc. Harper started working with Jacksonville Beach Police in March of 2018. In that time, he has received the following awards:

  • January 28, 2021, Meritorious Service Award for his actions of potentially saving a life
  • January 29, 2022, Commendation Award for his quick actions in gaining entry into a residence to prevent further harm to the victim of a battery
Officer Thomas Harper of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department was the winner of the Hyundai Hometown Heroes contest. News4JAX Insiders voted for him to win a 2022 Hyundai Tucson. (Thomas Harper)

It was his brave actions that first caught the eye of Rebecca Harris. Here is the nomination she entered on Ofc. Harper’s behalf:

When he’s not on patrol, Ofc. Harper is a volunteer with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America program whose mission is to “create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth”.

When Ofc. Thomas Harper isn't on patrol for the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, he volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. (Thomas Harper)

Ofc. Harper first began his career in law enforcement in 2015 as a deputy for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in the panhandle. Ofc. Harper first moved to Jacksonville when he was 8-years-old and considers it his home.