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Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Senior Police Officer

Gail Denise Thomas

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 16 years

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Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting other officers with a traffic incident on the exit ramp from southbound I-75 to northbound I-85.

She had just exited her vehicle when she was struck. The drunk driver was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and reckless driving. He was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Officer Thomas had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 15 years. She is survived by one child.

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January 24th, 2012 is a day that I will never forget because we lost your physical presence in our lives. During my 23 years with APD we lost too many officers to LOD deaths. But you were mine. As your Precinct Commander I always appreciated the way you looked after your fellow officers and taught them the right way.
I will never forget your smile and the positive impact you made on so many lives. I think of you daily. I know you are in a better place and still looking after those you cared for and loved. I will always keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you.

Major Chris Leighty Retired
City of Atlanta Police Department
May 4, 2017


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