Sheriff Cameron Mason Thomas

Sheriff Cameron Mason Thomas

Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 7, 1922

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Cameron Mason Thomas

Sheriff Cameron Thomas was killed when he attempted to jump to safety from a window of the Lexington Hotel, at the northwest corner of the intersection of S 12th Street and E Main Street in Richmond.

He had traveled to Richmond on official business to address the state legislature concerning fee officers. Sheriff Thomas and the state delegate from Charlottesville were staying in the Lexington Hotel when a fire broke out at about 4:00 am.

Both men were forced to jump from a third-story window into a safety net held by firefighters. Both men missed the net. The state delegate injured his back but Sheriff Thomas suffered fatal injuries. A total of 12 people died as a result of the fire and half a city block was destroyed.

Sheriff Thomas had served with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, and father.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall


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Sheriff Thomas,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Albemarle County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 7, 2022

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