Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 26 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Exposure to toxins
Inspector Thomas Murray died after being exposed to toxic fumes in the hold of a Panamanian ship he was inspecting at the Port of Gramercy, Louisiana.
He and two of the ship's crew members, including the captain, entered the hold for the inspection and were overtaken by the fumes. All three died as a result of asphyxiation from the oxidation of scrap iron. Another customs inspector was also exposed to the fumes, but was rescued by other crew members.
Inspector Murray was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had been with the Customs Service for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, six children, parents, five brothers, and two sisters.