Nagy Family Dental - September 2019

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Thom Davis Day September 2019

What Keeps Me Motivated

When I think about my focus on community involvement, I can’t help but think about my good friend and mentor, Thom Davis. Thom was a retired homicide detective from Columbus. Ten years ago, he took his own life on the morning of Sept. 23, which I now designate as Thom Davis Day. Thom was a very generous and compassionate person underneath his tough exterior. He was the quintessential Marlboro man in outward appearance — just what you’d expect from a retired police officer — with a heart to serve others. We met through our love for water and boating, and our friendship grew from there. He became like a father to me. We were spending the day by the water, and my son Gregory was with us. Gregory was about 10 at the time. He was attending a Christian school, and they’d been talking a lot about how important it was to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. As we were hanging out by the water, little Gregory goes up to Mr. Tough Guy Thom and says, “Thom, I have a question for you. Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” There’s a story about Thom I’ll never forget. I shared it at his funeral.

That was quite a moment for me. I think back to it frequently. I’m certain that in spite of what anyone says about what happens after we die, Thom is at home with his Lord and Savior. Thinking back to that moment brings me peace, and it gave me strength as I shared the story at his funeral. Sept. 23 was a tragic day, but I commemorate it because we want to remember the man who was always giving and always ready to help others. We want to return to the thoughts of compassion and generosity that Thom lived his life by. September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and it’s a vital reminder that there are people around us who are struggling every day. We live in a world full of anger, anxiety, and conflict that can be overwhelming. People need resources to turn to. Organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have programs like Out of the Darkness and resources for people to learn what to look for and to help their loved ones through difficult times. The only way we can prevent it is by talking about it. It’s been 10 years since Thom died. It has only been a few years that I have been able to talk about him without breaking down. But no matter how much sadness I feel about losing him, my memories of him are all happy ones.

Thom smiled and contemplated for a moment, “You know, Gregory, yes, yes I have.”

-Dr. Nagy

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