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Detective Thomas L. Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Detective

Thomas L. "Tommy" Keen

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, September 15, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 35 years

Badge # 500

Cause: Accidental

Incident Date: 9/13/2008

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Detective Tommy Keen succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier while assisting with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike.

He had marked on duty and was driving to the station when he encountered a downed tree blocking the roadway. He returned to his home, retrieved a chainsaw, and then went back to the location to remove the tree. As he cut the tree, a branch lying against a high-tension wire suddenly shot into the air and struck him in the head.

He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died from his injuries two days later.

Detective Keen was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 35 years. He was scheduled to retire at the end of the following month. He is survived by his wife and adult son.

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Although I didn't know him too well back in the day, I remember seeing him - quite frequently - visiting the jail floor where I once worked to get his shoes or boots shined by the inmates. I had never seen a sharper dressed man in civilian clothes before or since then, and he was always impeccably groomed......hair and moustache neatly trimmed, clothes always freshly pressed, and boots/shoes shining enough to make you blind. He was also quite enigmatic....he was quiet but at the same time he exuded an aura of someone who was an assertive no-nonsense individual dedicated to performing his job with perseverance and integrity.

William Laws, Detention Officer
Harris County Sheriff's Office
December 21, 2015

 

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