March 19th marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic day in 2013, when 54-year old Thomas O. Madole was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to an incident. His death sparked a legislative movement to arm VPSO’s across Alaska. Following tradition, the residents of Manokotak honored and celebrated his memory.
Nancy George is the Manokotak City Administrator.
“When VPSO Madole was hired, in a short period of time he had a great impact to this organization, to the community, to the elders, and to the school students. His service as a VPSO in our community impacted all community members, young and old,” said George.
Madole would often go above and beyond the call of duty as George says that he would do extra patrols even when he didn’t have to, rarely took advantage of work leave and often gave rides to pedestrians. Even showing his support for the next generation, as he would often show up at the local school to greet and encourage the students. George says these, among other reasons, were why Manokotak decided to honor his memory befitting someone of great significance and impact.
“The community of Manokotak is encouraged to take a moment of silence saluting our fallen VPSO,” said George.
To signify the mourning of Manokotak the local post office and school flew their flags half-staff. The memorial included an evening church service to honor his good works, followed by a memorial basketball tournament later that weekend.
Meanwhile, Alaska House unanimously passed house bill 199 which would arm VPSO’s.