An Ohio man is countering the “defund the police” movement that resulted from the death of George Floyd by doing the exact opposite and giving hundreds of thousands to police departments.
Harold along with his wife Eugenia have been generous donor for many good causes in Ohio. February 19th, Chris Monzel tweeted:
Great night visiting the community of @MontgomeryOhio and celebrating Harold and Eugenia Thomas for their generous contributions to the community. @TriHealth #WeAreDistrict28 pic.twitter.com/PULUzUwWQ3
— Chris Monzel (@ChrisMonzel) February 20, 2020
Cincinatti.com reports Harold Thomas of Indian Hill says he has given away tens of millions of dollars to hospitals, colleges, municipal public-safety departments and more because he believes in the adage that charity begins at home.
If that’s the case, the 87-year-old retired businessman has a family that stretches from Corryville to north of Columbus.
The most recent “relatives” to benefit from Thomas’ generosity are the residents of Indian Hill, Madeira and Montgomery.
Thomas has donated $250,000 to each of the police departments in those cities.
“My reason was I knew Indian Hill needed new state-of-the-art radio equipment for each of their officers to be more efficient when on patrol,” Thomas said.
“I also learned they needed other items but did not have the funds to purchase them.
“They spent over $100,000 (of the donated money) to equip all their officers with the new radios. I assumed Madeira and Montgomery had the same problem, so I included them in my giving,” Thomas said.
Cities have benefitted from Thomas’ largesse before
Indian Hill, Madeira and Montgomery have benefitted before from Thomas’ largesse.
Thomas paid for the construction of fire stations in Indian Hill and Madeira for the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District and for ambulances for the fire district and Montgomery.
Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said his city used the money Thomas recently donated to make improvements to the police department’s offices, including upgrades in security systems, and to buy equipment for officers.
Thomas’ first wife and the woman he married after she died have supported his charitable work.
From May 2018:
The first stage of demolition for TriHealth’s new Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Care Center began today with Harold M. Thomas himself beginning to take down the building on the current site. Check out the video at http://Facebook.com/trihealth !
The first stage of demolition for TriHealth's new Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Care Center began today with Harold M. Thomas himself beginning to take down the building on the current site. Check out the video at https://t.co/bnmRZKFT5N! pic.twitter.com/0gRXzlzV9i
— TriHealth (@TriHealth) May 21, 2018