Police Officer Joseph Howard Tomlinson, Jr.

Police Officer Joseph Howard Tomlinson, Jr.

Murfreesboro Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, October 28, 1999

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Joseph Howard Tomlinson, Jr.

Officer Joseph Tomlinson was killed in an automobile accident involving an ambulance. Officer Tomlinson was running radar when his patrol car was struck on the driver's side by the ambulance while he was making a U-turn.

Officer Tomlinson had served with the Murfreesboro Police Department for 7 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 352

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I've known Joseph "Butch" Tomlinson since around 1985. We made Chief Petty Officer together in September of 1986. We played Softball together, did some 4 Wheeling in his Jeep, and yes we drank some together. Butch was a good friend. When he met Debra "Dee" Dumas he was in 7th heaven, and we (his friends) were all very happy for him. As usual with Navy personnel, we didn't stay in the best of touch after we both transferred from Hawaii, but he never left my mind or my heart. He (as do other Navy Family) held and continues to hold a piece of my heart that will never go away. RIP Shipmate.

CTTC(SS) Lou Tardona Jr.
United States Navy - Retired

October 28, 2015

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