Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 13, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Tom Bray was the most honest, kind, and dedicated cop in the Philly PD. He died under mysterious, suspicious circumstances the day after he testified against another cop who was ultimately fired for the alleged wrongdoing that Tom had testified about. Tom's mother and estate sued for wrongful death and received a hefty settlement. Why is anyone still calling Tom's death an accident? Every good cop familiar with the situation knows otherwise. Best wishes to Tom's relatives.

Lt. Bob
friend

January 22, 2017

Dear dad,I miss u so much!!! Thepain is the same as the day u left me ! I would give anything to hug u, hear ur many speeches, and good advice that I being a teen didn't want to hear. I look at my kids who long for a Francisco, I meant someone from Wallace st who knew u and talked how u would pull up ams help anyone ,u would buy the homeless a meal. U have many a Christmas with ur spring garden toys for tots program.I feel so proud to be ur daughter. I suffer so much even watching a TV show with scubadivers I can't help but think what ur last thoughts were under that water, did u suffer,panic,pain!?? My heart aches!! The pictures in my mind when the police car picked me up top take me to the Hosp,seeing u ladling in the Hosp bed one last time cause I couldn't believe it!! Trying to wrap ur arms around me one last time or study your hands! so I couldn't forget!! U were my rock dad!! I feel so lost without u and all this medical things I'm going through with my health now I need my dad!!!! I hope I make u prould! I hope u know how prould I am of u!!!!! How much I love u, and how till my last breath I will never forget and will make sure noonelses does either,ty all for ur kindwrds and to the officer who " toucbrd bottom for him" thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Your words were so comforting I pray he watches over u in all ur dives! Xo

love Jennifer your daughter always
toms daughter

March 5, 2016

R.I.P. Tommy! It was an honor serving with you.

Chaplain Brian Dennis
Philadelphia Police Department

February 16, 2016

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 13, 2014

Tom and I were classmates and virtually inseparable thru our training as we sat next to each other.We graduated June 23,1978 as Class 245. We socialized and thru the years we kept in touch and as I was in the Stakeout Unit for many years and patrolled city wide I made a point to stop and talk to Tom where he was assigned. He was always professional,sharp as a tack in uniform and just a good person overall, his death came to me listening to KWY radio while eating dinner,I was numb. RIP Tom,you are not forgotten.

P/O
PPD

June 23, 2014

I love you brother....

Sgt

January 2, 2014

Tom, we're your real friends. We're working to prove the truth about your "accidental" death". Justice may one day be served. God bless you and your family.

One Who Knows and Cares

July 16, 2013

Dear dad;its nov 13th 2012.Eleven yrs that i dont have you in my life anymore!ten hoildays:birthdays&most of all my wedding day.or to watch my 5children grow!the pain never gets better!i promise to do my best 2share the happy;funny times that u gave me with my children&to go on making you prould ;the way i am of u!your death will be in my head always;but the memories&love;loyalty&honesty will live in my heart!i miss you every single day of my life!!!forever your loving daughter;jennifer.xoxoxoxo&your son in law levo&grandkids stefan;felicity;devin;laylah&honesty

Jennifer bray rivas {tom's daughter}
Tom's daughter

November 13, 2012

Thinking about you today Tom, Rest In Peace Brother...

P/O Phil Bowdren #9905 (Retired)
Philadelphia Police Department

July 9, 2012

"A DIARY TO MY DAD"Dear Dad;I close my eyes;i see your face;i crave your advice or warm embrace.Im decorating the tree&look all around;the lights won't work & your no where to be found.Im standing at the begining of the asile;all dressed in white.the most important day in my life.no longer your little girl about to become someone's wife.wait;but who will walk me down the asile cause you had to go away.you simply went to work;did your job;&now i have to pay!it's FATHERS DAY;&every father is home with thier children.cherishing when you were here the memories i now have to save.see....now i have to find your name down the row to put flowers at your grav The birth of my child&ur not there ;in order to feel close ti you;your namesake he will now share.my kids birthday come&go every year;"mommy"they say."why is poppop not here"?"he's swimming with t angels i simply say "that ok mommy guess what ill do;let my balloons go up to him"catch them pop thier for you! I hope your in your cancun in the sky!love jennifer*

Tom's daughter jennifer bray

March 26, 2012

Dear Uncle Tom. I can't believe it's been 10 years. I love and miss you very much and everyday I remember everything you've ever taught me. You were a great influence and continue to be to this day. <3

little one
niece

December 20, 2011

I pray for Officer Bray and his family this evening, I pray that those who killed him and those who covered tracks are brought to justice.

Master Diver
U.S. Navy

October 23, 2011

Thank you for watching over the citizens of philadelphia.I just want to say youll sacrafice will life forever.Rest in peace officer.

Citizen

November 9, 2010

A SON'S APOLOGY....November 13,2009
Forever i will live through you,no longer will i hide.
That November 13th day you left,took some of me inside.
The lesson that you tried to teach,sometimes got pushed aside.
I wish i knew right then and there,I'm sure i would abide.
I should have listened to you then,if only I had tried.
I miss you so much,i need you here,I'll take it all in stride.
Now I have a little girl,whose life I'm sure to guide.
One more thing in love and honor,through your life I grew pride.

TOM BRAY JR.
SON

November 13, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 13, 2009

On the 7th anniversary of Officer Bray's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Bray is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 13, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this seventh anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

November 13, 2008

hes was a good cop i had the chance to work wit him b4 he was really into helpin the community and the people that lived in not so good neighborhood. its a shame we die all the time on the streets tryna help people and were still considered the enemy

police officer: kuch

November 8, 2008

P/o Thomas Bray was a good cop and sacriface his life for the citizens in the city of philadelphia.He will be miss dearly but never forgotten

sgt. Marc Bowen
Philadelphia Police Explorers

March 31, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

Officer Bray, thank you for your service. You will not, and have not been forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

December 10, 2007

I will never forget all the BB-Q's at Uncle Wayne's where you always found time for us...whether it was throwing us in the pool, telling us good "cop-stories" whatever it may have been. You are truly missed by all the Carr and Harris family. I love you and miss you. R.I.P.

P/O MICHAEL CARR#1368
PPD

December 6, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

Rest in peace always and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 13, 2007

Dear Dad,today marks six long years without you.Six years of weddings,holidays,graduations,and fathers days not being able to see you,hear your voice,seek advice or just get a hug.It feels like just yesterday that horriable phone call came ,and our whole life changed.No matter what anyone ever says,you always said you would never disgrace your badge for your kids.and that you took an oath in 1978 when you became a cop to tell the truth and that you always did.It is with that and all your accomidations, meetings with two presidents and twenty three years of true service to the citizens that we hold our heads up high,that we are p/o THOMAS BRAY"S CHILDREN and through your eyes we will see truth and we will not ever stop to seek the many unaswered questions. We love you Dad.and miss you,so do your grandchildren.love,Jennifer, Cristie, Tommy jr.,and poppop's angels:Jason, Stefan, Justin, Felicity, Darrah, Devin, Laylah, Cassidy, and Brian.

Jennifer, Cristie, and Thomas Bray
Children

November 13, 2007

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