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


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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Hello My Darling it has been way toooooo long since I've wrote you. It's been a little over 6 years and I miss you as if it were yesterday. You are and always will be my soul mate. You have the cutest, most precious Grandson that God could allow, his name is Chael, I'm sure you know this and see him daily. Oh what a gift. He will grow up knowing all about his amazing Papaw. Today is December 3rd 2014 and I was thinking of you all day yesterday Dec 2. (Tom alive Day) remember how we celebrated it every year. I thank God that you survived that day, all those years ago or I would not have had the blessing of having you for the short time we had. Cody is doing well in his own business and he is such a Great Father. I know you are so proud. Now he knows all about a fathers LOVE for his child, just like yours was for him. Holidays are really difficult without you. Cody tells me to put on my big girl pants. We all miss you more than you will ever know. The pain is unbelievable. I will see you again one day My Darling, I LOVE YOU.

Your Loving Wife
December 3, 2014


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