By CHRIS EDENS City Editor
After 30 years in the military and 45 years in law enforcement, Oologah Police Chief Novale Thompson has retired from public service.
Thompson’s retirement was approved a special Oologah Town Board meeting last Friday morning. He served as chief for almost 12 years. Thompson has been dealing with serious health issues.
“I’m in kidney failure and I knew I couldn’t give 100 percent. To me that’s not fair to the people of Oologah,” he said. “After 45 years I figured it was time to hang my gun up.”
Thompson served in the Army in combat intelligence in the Vietnam war from 1964 to 1968. He was a member of the National Guard from 1973 to 1985 and he served in the Army Reserve from 1985 to 1995.
Thompson believes his health problems are a direct result from exposure to agent orange in Vietnam. He went to work for the Tulsa Police Department in 1969 when he returned home from the war.
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