Thomas Richard Flanigan is a tireless, energetic hands-on workhorse that feels his day is not complete unless he has made a contribution to help others.
Tom was born in 1945 and grew up in the Boston area. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17 years of age, and served for four-and-a-half years. He is a Vietnam veteran.
Following his discharged from the Navy, Tom spent the next 41 years as a police officer; 30 years with the Fresno Police Department, and 11 years with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office as an investigator. As a DA investigator, Tom was assigned to the Violent Suppression Unit, which was a multi-agency task force run out of the California Department of Justice.
Tom has always felt that serving the community was his personal calling. He continues to serve the community long after his retirement from law enforcement. He has spent the last 20 years volunteering weekly at the Habitat For Humanity job site, and is presently on the Board of Directors.
In addition to his commitment to Habitat for Humanity in the greater Fresno area, he is heavily involved in other community programs. He volunteers for the Fresno Police Officer’s Association Barbecue Team. This team prepares and serves meals for charitable events throughout Fresno at no cost.
For the past 15 years, one of Tom’s biggest passions has been with dog rescues. Working with several local rescue agencies, he has logged well over 50,000 miles transporting dogs to rescue organizations in other cities and states where they are more likely to find homes.