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Faces of Homeland Security: Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson, NPPD

Federal Protective Service Inspector, NPPD
Washington, D.C.

In December, Federal Protective Service (FPS) Inspector Charles Thompson was driving westbound on Route 228 in Maryland when he noticed smoke in the air. He came upon a three-car accident blocking the right lane and immediately notified an FPS dispatch center. Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, Inspector Thompson discovered an unconscious man trapped inside one of the vehicles.

As Inspector Thompson attempted to open the vehicle’s door, flames ignited. He quickly retrieved a tire iron from his FPS vehicle to break the glass and unlock the driver’s door. After releasing the man’s seat belt, he was able to extract him from the burning vehicle and the man was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

Prior to joining FPS, Inspector Thompson served for three years as a field training officer with the Pentagon Police, and five years as a special police officer with the Smithsonian Institute.

FPS provides comprehensive security and law enforcement services, mitigating risk to more than 9,000 Federal facilities and their 1.1 million occupants nationwide.

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