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Sergeant Thomas F. Sewell | SEPTA Transit Police Department, Pennsylvania SEPTA Transit Police Department, Pennsylvania


Thomas F. Sewell

SEPTA Transit Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, March 12, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 23

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Thomas Sewell was stabbed to death while investigating a prowler who was trespassing in a garage at the 69th Street Terminal Complex in Upper Darby Township.

Sergeant Sewell had responded to the call at approximately 4:30 am and was searching the subject when the man suddenly turned around and started stabbing him in the head with a 12-inch kitchen knife. Sergeant Sewell was able to shoot the suspect twice during the attack, killing him.

Sergeant Sewell had served with the SEPTA Transit Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.

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Its been 25 years now. I went to the memorial at Rose Tree Park and left flowers at your memorial marker. A lot of quiet time to think. Even though it has been 25 years, things are still very clear to me. I was going through my scrap book and found a picture of us working a wagon one summer day shift. I'll never be that thin again! After all these years, all of your friends still remember you.

Chief John DeMarco
Upper Uwchlan Township Police Department
April 22, 2014


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