Thomas was a classmate of mine I have known since as long as I can remember. He was always friendly and energetic with an easy smile and a great sense of humor. As a dweller of the Tunkhannock Borough, it was not unusual to encounter him. My most recent encounter was Tuesday, May 21 when I went to vote at the Triton Hall. Tom was on duty as a Constable and looking impressive in his Uniform. Before that it was at Beagles Restaurant crossing paths at breakfast, or seeing him on security duty at the Wyoming County Fair. Tom made you feel safe because you knew you were on his watch. Forever the impassioned guardian of other citizen's safety and security it is not so ironic his death occurred while going to help another citizen. That was Tom. That's what he stood for. I am a better person for knowing Thomas Gruen. He enriched many lives through his service, faith, dedication, song and sense of humor. I can find some comfort recently seeing him so happy and content before he fell asleep in the Lord. For his family and those of you who were closer to Tom than I could ever get, you have my condolences and my sympathy, and I pray His strength. God Bless.