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“Welcome to Islip, the 3rd largest town in New York State, but with an endearing small town feel. We are so proud of our town…our beaches, golf courses, marinas, parks, housing opportunities for all, businesses, industrial parks, healthcare and educational institutions including our own Islip MacArthur Airport that provides many job opportunities. I sincerely hope you find this website helpful.” - Angie

Supervisor Carpenter stands with the children of Det. Thomas as they hold the bridge dedication sign and his photograph

May 22nd, 2019– The 5th Ave. bridge over the Southern State Parkway was renamed the Detective John E. Thomas Sr. Memorial Bridge in honor of the late detective. The Bay Shore native, who previously served in the United States Navy during WWII, began his career in law enforcement in the Brightwaters Police Department, and was the first African American policeman in the Suffolk County Police Department. Among Det. Thomas' many accolades, was his heroism for rescuing two young children from a burning house where 5 people perished. He was subsequently named Policeman of the Year and was promoted to Detective. Det. Thomas worked in the Community Relations Bureau in the Bay Shore community.

Following his retirement from the police department, John E. Thomas, Sr. became the Director of Security, of the Bay Shore School District for more than a decade.

"The legacy of Det. John E. Thomas Sr. will live on for generations to come through this bridge renaming," said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. "He was a pioneer, a family man and a pillar of the Bay Shore community," she concluded.

Supervisor Carpenter stands with the family of Det. Thomas who recently had the bridge crossing Southern State Parkway on 5th avenue named after him.

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