End of an Era: Sgt. 'Donut Cop' Thurman Hangs Up His Badge After 40 Years of Stellar Service

End of an Era: Sgt. 'Donut Cop' Thurman Hangs Up His Badge After 40 Years of Stellar Service

December 13 2023

On December 13, the Fulshear Police Department celebrated Roger Thurman, a devoted law enforcement officer who is retiring after an impressive four decades of unwavering service. His career embodies not just a sequence of roles, but stands as a testament to his steadfast commitment to others.

Thurman embarked onto his career journey as a police officer with the Rosenberg Police Department in 1982, followed by a move to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 as a deputy. In 2013, Thurman retired from the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office and began his career with the Fulshear Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer, where he was promoted to Sergeant in 2016.

During Thurman's career, he has worked Patrol, Narcotics, SWAT, Motorcycles, Traffic and Central Intelligence. Throughout his service, he personified the fundamental principles of law enforcement—integrity, courage, and selflessness—inspiring peers and community members with his unwavering commitment and leadership.

Beyond his professional achievements, Thurman has woven a legacy of compassion and unwavering dedication into the fabric of the Fulshear community. His selfless actions have significantly influenced numerous lives, contributing to safer neighborhoods. 

Thurman's compelling sense of humor and his enthusiastic involvement in the police department's social media engagements have endeared him to many. On one particular occasion in 2018, Thurman became an internet sensation after starring in a video that helped him earn the moniker "the Donut Cop", garnering over a million views. His laughter and communication skills have contributed to his legacy, making him a cherished figure within the force.

Thurman lives in the Fulshear area and has two grandchildren. Whether it's assisting locals or colleagues in their hour of need, both on and off duty, or personally ensuring the roads are safe, Thurman went above and beyond in support of the community. In every sense of the term, he harks back to traditional values, embodying the very essence of a true officer and a gentleman. 

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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