CLARK, NJ – Experience the Power of a Living Legend at the Clark Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.
For over 60 years, David Toma has brought his experience, compassion and hope to people around the world in desperate need of help while their lives spun out of control from everything from drug addiction to teenage pregnancy.
Toma’s message has been formed through years of real-world experience. He is a former Marine drill instructor and Marine boxing champion, hailed as the most astounding Marine at Parris Island in the 1950s.
He has received numerous humanitarian awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He received the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion, an honor he shares with four United States presidents. He also received the Olympic Medal from the Government of Montreal, Canada, recognizing his work counseling Canadian youth and adults during the 1976 Canadian Summer Games.
Toma has seen how drugs and alcohol can destroy lives through his years as a highly decorated New Jersey police detective. He was a Newark police officer for 21 years, 17 of which were as a detective in the vice, gambling and narcotics squad.
His arrest record is unmatched, numbering in the thousands, with an unheard of 90 percent conviction record. It was Toma’s innovative use of disguises in his work that drew the attention of other law enforcement agencies and Hollywood. David has had two Hollywood TV series made based on his work as an undercover narcotics detective, "Toma" and "Baretta."
He has been acclaimed by newspapers as "the greatest detective alive." He has reached out to over 40 million people through more than 15,000 appearances worldwide. He's also dedicated his life to bringing his powerful message on drugs to young people everywhere.