Sgt. Luke Thomas of the Benwood Police Department is interested in weather and the atmosphere. He’s been known to stake out a meteor shower or two.
“On down time, go into a nice quiet dark area of Benwood and just look up,” Thomas said. “Get to witness a nice meteor shower. I enjoy that.”
But Monday night, one caught him by surprise.
On routine patrol, he drove down 8th Street, turned under the Bellaire Bridge, heading south on Marshall Street and there it was falling from the sky. Thomas went back to the station and googled “how to report a meteor” and submitted his account. He also mentioned that he got video. Before long the phone rang and ABC News was on the other end.
“Yeah they called,” said Benwood police dispatcher Bob Rose, who took the call from ABC News. “They called approximately 8:30, 9 o’clock, somewhere around there, asked me to speak to Sgt. Thomas.”
In the end Sgt. Thomas shared his video, did an interview through Skype and was on Good Morning America. All because he knew what he was looking at and had presence of mind enough to save the dash cam video that turned out to be so rare.
“I was in the right place at the right time and was able to capture a meteor shower,” Thomas said.