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Head of the Harbor police chief to retire after 30-plus years

Martin Thompson, chief of Head of the Harbor

Martin Thompson, chief of Head of the Harbor police, and his daughter, Colleen Thompson, a Suffolk County sheriff, both of St. James, are seen on June 16, 2014 in St. James. Credit: Newsday / Daniel Rader

Village of Head of the Harbor officials will honor retiring village police chief Martin J. Thompson in a special ceremony.

Thompson, 67, plans to retire as chief in April, after working for the village police department for more than 30 years, according to a news release.

Thompson joined the police department in 1981 and worked until 1990, rejoining four years later, the release showed. He was appointed as police chief in 1995.

While working part time in the village, Thompson also worked for the Suffolk County Police Department for more than 30 years, retiring as a lieutenant 2001, he said in an interview.

He is the president of the St. James Fire Department, where he has been a member for 41 years. He is a past fire commissioner and chief.

Thompson and his daughter, Colleen Thompson, a Suffolk County deputy sheriff, both of St. James, were presented with proclamations in June 2014 after they rescued a man from his burning car on the Southern State Parkway in Brentwood.

“I’ve been very grateful that they gave me the opportunity to be the police chief in the community that I grew up in as a child,” Thompson said. “I’m just looking forward to a long and healthy retirement.”

When asked what was on his immediate list of things to do, Thompson said golfing, fishing, hunting, and snowbirding in Florida.

The ceremony of appreciation for Thompson is scheduled for March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Village Hall, 500 N. Country Rd. in St. James.

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