Borough councilman makes most of 'lucky break'
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a week-long series of stories profiling members of the black community who are making a contribution in the Tri-State area.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Scott Thomas wants to give young minorities the same chances in life he got.
He said his lucky break came more than 15 years ago when Harold Brake, of Charles E. Brake Co. in Chambersburg, took a chance and offered the young construction worker a job.
"I was very fortunate that a man with his stature took me under his watchful care and gave me a chance so many minority young men don't get," said Thomas, 38.
Now a blasting supervisor at the company, Thomas is trying to make a difference in Franklin County.
"There is so much time and effort spent building jails," Thomas said. "We should communicate, educate and rehabilitate."
Thomas is sending out this message through his involvement in county groups. He is a coach in youth sports leagues, a member of the Elks and the Masonic Order and is the borough councilman representing the Third Ward.