Man has gastric bypass surgery to become police officer

April 7, 2008 5:15:22 AM PDT
To fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Tom Dolan gave up a lot.

More than 200 pounds, in fact.

Dolan underwent gastric bypass surgery to get his weight under control. That, along with a healthier diet and exercise, helped transform him from a discontented civilian to a proud member of the Carlisle police force.

The 35-year-old Windbur native says he used to weigh 443 pounds, had a 66-inch waist, and wore a six-extra-large shirt. He now weighs about 205 pounds, with a 36-inch waist and an extra-large shirt.

Dolan had the surgery in November 2003, changed his eating habits and began an exercise routine. He got a position with Ferguson Township police in Centre County and was hired by the Carlisle force in July 2006.

Carlisle Police Chief Stephen Margeson said he was impressed by Dolan's determination.