Terry Hughes' story is a lot like so many local residents. He was raised in Bristol Township by hard-working parents who taught him early that focused effort and education were the keys to success. They also taught Terry to realize that while some may be more fortunate in life, others may be less so - which is why helping others and giving back are important, too. Terry took the lessons his parents taught him to heart and have let them guide him throughout his life.
After attending Saint Michael the Archangel and graduating from Bishop Egan High School, Terry chose to serve the public as a law enforcement officer and was lucky enough to secure a job with the Bristol Township Police Department - working for nearly the next three decades to keep his neighbors safe, build better relationships between the police and residents, and help at-risk youth get back on the right path. Starting out as a Patrol Officer, Terry's hard work and skills propelled him through the ranks of the Department until he retired as a Lieutenant supervising twelve other detectives and officers, collaborating with other enforcement agencies, and overseeing Internal Affairs investigations to ensure the integrity of the police force. In 2003, Terry received Bristol Township's most distinguished commendation, the Medal of Valor.
Terry's commitment to helping our community extends far beyond his service in law enforcement and continues today. As a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Terry is deeply involved in their Annual Hunger Project that helps ensure food for those in need. With the Knights of Columbus, Terry is Chairman of their annual Food Baskets, Adopt a Family at Christmas, and Coats for Kids programs.
Throughout his law enforcement career, Terry continued his professional training. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (to which only two to three percent of all law enforcement officials are invited to attend) and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He also took specialized courses at Bucks County Community College and the University of Virginia, and countless other certification and continuing education courses.
Terry and his wife of 44 years, Liz, raised their four children in our community, instilling in them the same values he learned early in life. Daughter Christy works at Saint Mary's; son Terry, Jr., runs his own air conditioning company and is a member of Levittown 2 Fire Company; son Jim works as a financial analyst and is a Lieutenant in the Army National Guard; and, daughter Sarah is currently Miss Bucks County and works at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Terry and Liz also have four wonderful grandchildren they adore.
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