Greensboro, NC -- Tommy Dennis has a great appreciation for his job as a security manager.
So does his family, who for 13 years worried about him when he served as a police officer.
Then Dennis was shot twice in a high-speed chase that also turned out to be one of the most high-profile cases the Triad has ever seen.
"At close range it was like being hit in the chest with a sledgehammer," says Dennis.
Dennis was chasing 32-year-old Fritz Klenner, who was fleeing in his Chevy Blazer with his cousin and lover Susie Lynch and her two sons. Klenner had killed Lynch's mother, father, grandmother, ex-mother-in-law and ex-sister-in-law beginning 10 months before the June 3, 1985 chase. Then either Klenner or Lynch detonated a bomb inside the Blazer.
"It blew up and killed him, Susie and the kids and two dogs in the car," says Dennis.
Friends of the Klenner family say they weren't entirely surprised by the events that day. "They were all good people," says family friend Phil Link. "But Fritz had some genetic defect and we'll never know what it was."
The only person convicted in the crimes was Fritz Klenner's neighbor, Ian Perkins. Perkins unwittingly took part in three of the killings by driving Klenner to his victims, and is now trying to get an official pardon from the state.
Tommy Dennis says he was shot again in a separate incident after the Klenner chase, and threw in the towel.
"It was putting a lot of stress on my family and they were taking a hard toll at the time," says Dennis. "So I decided to just leave the force after 13 years."
WFMY News 2