Thomas Philip Flahive was born December 16, 1861, in
the County Kerry, Ireland. He received his education in the
public schools, and in 1878 came to America, locating in Kansas City.
He was a poor boy, without capital or
influence, but he did not lack for energy and pluck. His first
position was with a railroad in the offices, but in 1882 he secured a
position on the police force, where he has ever since remained.
Honest, willing, and brave, he showed
capability from the start, and in 1887 he was promoted to be
sergeant. In that position he also showed efficiency, and in
1889 he was made a captain, the office he now holds.
Captain Flahive belongs to no lodges or
clubs, for his whole life is given over to his work. In the time
he has been on the the force he has made himself a
splendid reputation both at home and abroad, and although he as gone
far, will go farther.
Captain Flahive married Miss Lizzie Burns in
October, 1888, and they have one son, John Joseph.