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Police Officer Thomas M. Bray | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Thomas M. Bray

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Officer Thomas Bray, a member of the police department's marine unit, drowned while attempting to recover a sunken channel marker in the Delaware River.

He and two other marine unit officers were working with the U.S. Coast Guard in an attempt to recover the buoy. Several minutes into the dive, Officer Bray radioed that he was tangled and he was instructed to cut the line. However, he did not surface. Other officers were able to bring him to the surface and transport him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Bray had been employed with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years, and is survived by his wife and three grown children.

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Dear dad,I miss u so much!!! Thepain is the same as the day u left me ! I would give anything to hug u, hear ur many speeches, and good advice that I being a teen didn't want to hear. I look at my kids who long for a Francisco, I meant someone from Wallace st who knew u and talked how u would pull up ams help anyone ,u would buy the homeless a meal. U have many a Christmas with ur spring garden toys for tots program.I feel so proud to be ur daughter. I suffer so much even watching a TV show with scubadivers I can't help but think what ur last thoughts were under that water, did u suffer,panic,pain!?? My heart aches!! The pictures in my mind when the police car picked me up top take me to the Hosp,seeing u ladling in the Hosp bed one last time cause I couldn't believe it!! Trying to wrap ur arms around me one last time or study your hands! so I couldn't forget!! U were my rock dad!! I feel so lost without u and all this medical things I'm going through with my health now I need my dad!!!! I hope I make u prould! I hope u know how prould I am of u!!!!! How much I love u, and how till my last breath I will never forget and will make sure noonelses does either,ty all for ur kindwrds and to the officer who " toucbrd bottom for him" thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Your words were so comforting I pray he watches over u in all ur dives! Xo

love Jennifer your daughter always
toms daughter
March 5, 2016


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