Patrolman Thomas McGough

Patrolman Thomas McGough

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 1972

Thomas McGough

Patrolman Thomas McGough succumbed to burns sustained six weeks earlier when he and Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice responded to an accident on Stony Hollow Boulevard. A tanker truck had overturned on the bottom of a hill. As the two officers exited their patrol car the spilled gasoline caught fire and both officers were engulfed by the flames.

Patrolman Lamatrice died of his injuries five weeks after the accident. Patrolman McGough suffered burns over 75 percent of his body and died six weeks later.

Patrolman McGough was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Steubenville Police Department for 1 year. He was survived by his mother, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 27, 1972

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 14, 2013

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