Lieutenant Benedict James Thomas

Lieutenant Benedict James Thomas

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, June 9, 1989

Benedict James Thomas

Lieutenant Thomas was struck by a vehicle and killed while investigating an abandoned vehicle on I-75 in Tampa. He was walking back to his patrol car at the time.

Lieutenant Thomas had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

Most Recent Reflection

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BJ was my older cousin (by a couple of years, but enough for me to look up to him) - my only memories of him are as children, because we kind of lost touch after he moved to Florida - this was many years before e-mail, the internet, etc. I was always sorry that we never really had the opportunity to get to know one another as adults, but from all accounts, he was a fine man. Now, with 2 children of my own serving as police officers, I think of his sacrifice frequently, as I pray for the safety of my own 2 boys. RIP, cousin; I hope to see you again someday.

David Thomas

August 2, 2015

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