Lancaster native Paul “Skip” Hood of the Lancaster Police Dept. has been promoted from corporal to sergeant. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
September 19, 2012LANCASTER — Paul "Skip" Hood was recently promoted from corporal to sergeant in the Lancaster Police Department (LPD). A Lancaster native who celebrated his 56th birthday on Sept. 13, Hood graduated from WMRHS in 1974 and entered the Air Force only weeks later as the Vietnam War wound down.
He was trained as a law enforcement officer and stationed successively in San Antonio, Texas, Dover, Del., and finally in Plattsburg, N.Y., serving "like town police on a base," Hood explained.
While still in the service, he became a part-time LPD policeman when he commuted home on weekends, and after leaving the service became a full-time LPD police officer.
In the early 80s, Hood left the LPD and opened a flooring store. Then, in the late 80s, he opened Hood Carpets in the five-store mini-mall that he created on the Main Street lot on which the Passumpsic Bank is now located.
Hood rejoined the LPD in 1993. He still wears the K9 pin he earned as a member of the State Police canine team for 8˝ years working with "King," his trained German shepherd.
"I've enjoyed working in Lancaster — there've been changes, of course, but it's a fine town," he said.
Hood is the father of three adult children: 33-year-old Jonathan Hood of Burlington, Vt., who with his wife, Anne, has two children — Ben and Olivia; 31-year-old Douglas Hood, a bachelor of Richmond, Vt.; and Caryn Hood Wright of Cary, N.C., who married in April.