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Police Officer Thomas Raymond Hayes | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer

Thomas Raymond Hayes

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/18/1979

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Tom Hayes succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained 31 years earlier while attempting to arrest two teens on a curfew violation.

He had responded to a local convenience store after receiving reports of a disturbance by the two teens. The boys had been drinking, smoking marijuana and had taken LSD. As Officer Hayes attempted to arrest them a scuffle ensued in which one of the boys pulled out a handgun and shot him in the back. The wound caused him to become paralyzed below the waist.

Officer Hayes' continued to suffer serious health issues as the result of the wound, including the amputation of one of his legs six years prior to his death.

In March 2011 Officer Hayes' death was ruled a homicide by the Franklin County Coroner.

Despite his wounds and health issues, Officer Hayes continued to work as a civilian sketch artist for the Columbus Division of Police. Prior to being shot, he had served with the agency for seven years. He is survived by his wife.

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I never met Tom, but we remained in touch through cards and mail ! I was injured in June 1979,in an auto accident on my way home from work, and after reading about Tom's injury in december of the same year, I made a contribution to him and a life long friendship began. We talked, in our letters, about sports, the military, politics and whatever came to mind, and always seemed like we were on the same wave length. We were friends for life and when I learned from his wife, Mary, on his passing, I felt a void, that exists to this day. We are all part of a very elite brotherhood and sisterhood, and when one of us gives his life in the line of duty, we and America, lose ! Rest in Peace, my brother, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers !

P.O Brian T. Donnelly (Retired)
N.Y.P.D.
December 24, 2016

 

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