DETROIT(WXYZ) - Charlie M. Thomas has been the Bassett Street Block Club president for over 40 years, and it's that level of dedication that Chief Ralph Godbee says Detroit needs.
Thomas was honored this weekend for his 43 years of community service. People living in his neighborhood put on a block party to recognize the army veteran's commitment to keeping the community safe and tight-knit.
Chief Godbee stopped by the block party, calling it a "tremendous showing of what Detroit is really about."
He spoke highly of the Bassett Street Block Club, saying neighbors looking after each other and communities growing together are what make a safe neighborhood- the Detroit Police come in to reinforce those community norms.
"If we could replicate the Bassett Street Block Club and move it all over the city, that would be the best situation for all of us."
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