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Testa is Thurmont’s ‘homegrown’ police officer

(9/4) One of Vince Testa’s unforgettable memories is one a Pennsylvania driver would probably rather forget. The driver was speeding, crossing into the shoulder of the road and failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in Thurmont. So Testa turned on the emergency lights of his police cruiser and pulled the man over.

It turned out the man was driving on a suspended license and Testa had his first arrest as a police officer.

“That’s something I’ll never forget,” Testa said.

Testa is Thurmont’s newest police officer and a “homegrown” one, as Thurmont Mayor Martin Burns noted when he swore Testa in at the Aug. 18 town meeting.

The 22-year old is 2003 Catoctin High School graduate and a 2007 graduate from Mount St. Mary’s University with a degree in criminal justice.

“Law enforcement is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Testa said. “I have such a passion for the job I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

So after graduation, he applied with the Thurmont Police and was hired. Following a seven-month training with the Frederick County Law Enforcement Academy, Testa took to the streets of Thurmont in May.

“I grew up here. I know the area. I can use that as an advantage,” Testa said.
When asked whether potentially having to arrest a friend would be difficult, Testa said he has run into a lot of friends so far.

“But I made myself a promise I wouldn’t let that get in the way,” Testa said.

Testa enjoys working in his hometown. He still lives at home with his parents, Tony and Tina, who own Rocky’s Pizza in the Orchard Hills Shopping Center.

“As a police officer, what I’ve heard about and seen hasn’t affected my perspective of the town,” Testa said. “It’s part of the job and you’ll find it everywhere. This is home and it’s a good place to work.”

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