When Ken Thomas was a police officer in Chicago, he got a call to go to a housing project apartment for a well-being check. There, he and his partner discovered two small children, but their mother was missing.
The mother came inside about 20 minutes later, and they found out she had been on a higher floor in the building and was planning to kill herself, Thomas said.
Thomas and his partner did their best to convince her not to, pointing out the things she had to live for, like her children. Then, a year later, he saw her again. She was doing much better and he said she told him: “Officer Thomas, you’re my dream maker.”
The nickname “Dream Maker” stuck. It’s what Thomas still goes by in the mostly Black motorcycle club he started about 30 years ago, which now has 113 chapters in 38 states.
That organization, the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club, held its annual convention in Hampton this week.