Officer Thomas M. Rees

Officer Thomas M. Rees

West Jordan Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1986

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Thomas M. Rees

Officer Thomas Rees was accidentally shot and killed with his own service weapon while conducting training exercises with other officers. Officer Rees and the training officer were practicing techniques to prevent suspects from taking an officer's weapon. The other officer attempted to take Officer Rees' weapon when it discharged and struck him in the chest. Officer Rees was transported to LDS Hospital where he succumbed to the wound two hours later.

Officer Rees had been with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife, two children and one stepchild.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Bold is the story to be told. Brave one shouldn't rave. Humility is the sanctity that sets civility's tables. You placed your career and life in harm's way for the better days ahead in Dade County, Officer Cook. I can only imagine the tears shed for your soul at your Inspector's Funeral, Officer Cook. The homage paid to a well breed and admired soul of serenity. Character and courage never should be confused among a gentleman's integrity, honor and dignity for we know your heart of humbleness was always in the right location where resolve and resourcefulness were shouting out for assistance. it's always a dark day, afternoon and evening when the lights on one's journeys of safety are crossed up by peril and danger. Always fondly remembered and saluted for salvation and those rugged words steadfast determination. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 28, 2018

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