By Tyler Greer

The first time Tommie Reese Jr. was told he no longer had a job because of his poor health, he didn’t want to accept it.

The second time? The second time, he didn’t have to be told. He voluntarily walked away.

In 1995, Reese was forced to leave the Navy after being diagnosed with lupus — a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Reese, an aviation administrator, was considered by the Navy’s medical staff to be a danger to others in the field. Later, in March 2010, Reese’s kidneys were failing, and his health was so poor that he had to quit his post as UAB Police shift leader and assistant to the dispatch supervisor. Read more at UAB News.





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