Potter Co. Sheriff Serves Dinner For Officers

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas
Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas
K-9 Deputy Wallace Jones
K-9 Deputy Wallace Jones

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - One Amarillo household is working around the clock this Christmas....literally.

Every Christmas, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas and his family open their home to police and sheriff's officers who are working.  The sheriff says the reason they do it is personal.

Pounds and pounds of meat, vegetables, rolls, and desserts....those in the Thomas home started serving christmas dinner at eleven Christmas morning and will go until five the next morning.

Sheriff Thomas says, "I've cooked five briskets, four turkeys I believe, and probably been through about four pounds of corn, four pounds of green beans. There's a lot of food."

And preparing started long before Christmas Day.

The sheriff says, "we started about three weeks ago. We get it all mixed up and put it together, put it in the freezer, and then we start heating it up."

This is a tradition sheriff thomas started while with the Amarillo police force, and he says he knows personally what it's like working on Christmas Day.

Sheriff Thomas says, "several years ago I worked Christmas so I know what it's like. You miss being at home with your family and really enjoy that meal so when I got the privilege of having Christmas off, that's when we started."

K-9 Deputy Wallace Jones says, "I think it's great 1) to have a sheriff that cares and 2) a place for officers to come and have a place to go while working the holidays."

The sheriff says they usually have about 80 officers come through every Christmas.

The officers we spoke with had an attitude of gratitude.

This is the 15th year the sheriff has served Christmas dinner to officers, with no signs of stopping.