Parrish police officer graduates from academy
by Elane Jones
Nov 12, 2012 | 2402 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith welcomes his newest patrol officer, Tony Reid, to the force. Reid graduated from the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo special to the Eagle
Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith welcomes his newest patrol officer, Tony Reid, to the force. Reid graduated from the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo special to the Eagle
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Ever since he was a little boy, Tony Reid of Townley had dreamed of growing up to become a police officer. Earlier this month, his childhood dream finally came true.

Reid graduated from the Alabama Police Academy on Thursday, Nov. 1, and became a full-fledged patrol officer with the Parrish Police Department.

“Tony’s a good kid and I think he’s going to make a fine police officer,” Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith said. “He’s a hard worker and has good work ethics. And his training as a volunteer firefighter is an added asset for the Parrish Police Department.”

Reid, who was raised by his grandparents Gary and Sherry Reid of Townley, is also a volunteer firefighter with Saragossa Fire and Rescue in Walker County.

“I joined the volunteer fire department at Saragossa when I was 18, and I was really torn between whether or not to choose a career in fire service or law enforcement,” Reid said. “But as a volunteer firefighter, I can do both at the same time.”

Reid started out with the Parrish Police Department as a reserve officer before being hired as a dispatcher and now a patrol officer.

Reid said one of the biggest influences in his life is his uncle who is also a police officer, so it wasn’t hard to follow in his footsteps.

“My uncle, Dennis Reid, works for the Trussville Police Department, and I’ve looked up to him all my life. I thought it was neat the way he helped people,” Reid said. “So it wasn’t hard to decide what I wanted to do, which was serve the public in some way. Now I get to do it two ways — as a firefighter and a police officer.”