Sara and I first met Tom during our search for the right food truck. We bought the food truck from him at his business called Bowman Recycling Inc. As we were leaving after our first visit, he mentioned he was a local hero and he would share his story with us sometime. He peeked our curiosity and of course I couldn’t help but to google him. This is what I found.
Tom is an ex-marine, married and father to 2 teenage daughters. Back in 2011 living in Canton he witnessed a crime in progress. A mother and her 3 year-old daughter was at a four-way stop near Heritage Christian School when suddenly a man ran up to her car kicking it and yelling obscenities at her and her daughter. She sped off and around the corner she saw a police car that she waved down. As the police officer and the mother was talking, the man came from around the corner and approached them. The officer radioed in a trouble call. Then he got out of his car and approached the man. Leading the guy to his car, he decided to throw a punch at the officer. The officer quickly grabbed his tazor when the man yet again threw another punch, but this time breaking his nose. The officer grabbed his baton and began hitting him 12 times or so, but the blows did not even phase the man. The man wrestles the officer to the ground pinning him and hitting him with the baton.
Here is an expert from the Canton Repository describing the scene.
“With his right arm pinned to the ground, Police Officer Tim Marks tried desperately to
avoid the blows coming from an attacker wielding the officer’s own metal baton.The man,
though bloody and bruised himself, showed no signs of fatigue, no signs of slowing
He kept swinging, blow after blow connecting with the officer’s body as blood flowed
from Marks’nose and mouth and his thoughts began to fade. Marks remembers feeling
sleepy and his brain screaming, “I need help now! I need help now!
His gun was out of reach, but Marks had the presence of mind to pull his assilant as close as
possible to make the blows less “I’m praying for help,” Marks said of the moment. “I’ve got
fear, anger, adrenaline. I’m seeing a hospital, a grave stone. This is how it ends for me.”As
he felt himself begin to fade, he said, “out of nowhere, someone tackles this dude.”
That’s where Tom Bowman comes onto the scene saving the police officer’s life. He would tell you that he was at the right place at the right time. Tom really is a local hero that the Sweet Spot Truck is proud to know. Sara and I enjoyed doing business with Tom and hope to see more of him in the future. He has definitely earned some free ice cream sandwiches from the Sweet Spot Truck. If you would like to read the rest of Tom’s story check out the link below.