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Patrolman Thomas L. Fitzgibbon | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

Thomas L. Fitzgibbon

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1930

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Patrolman Fitzgibbon was shot and killed while investigating a burglary. A 19-year-old ex-convict was arrested, convicted of his murder, and sentenced to life. He was paroled in 1930. During his 12 years in prison he escaped three times. In 1933 he was returned to prison for 20 years following his conviction for several payroll hold-ups in Louisville. In December of 1933 he escaped from prison a fourth time. Two months later he and another escapee were captured near Lexington. He received an additional 18 years for robbing a store and robbing and kidnapping a taxi driver before his capture.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 9, 2012

 

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