Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 13, 2001

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Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Officer Thomas Bray, a member of the police department's marine unit, drowned while attempting to recover a sunken channel marker in the Delaware River.

He and two other marine unit officers were working with the U.S. Coast Guard in an attempt to recover the buoy. Several minutes into the dive, Officer Bray radioed that he was tangled and he was instructed to cut the line. However, he did not surface. Other officers were able to bring him to the surface and transport him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Bray had been employed with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years, and is survived by his wife and three grown children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 1302

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Dad.,it's been 19 long years and the pain never goes away!! My heart aches the same as the day you left. You were so true to your Oath as a Philly P/O .I'm so prould to be your daughter! You went above and beyond your duties!! I miss you on father's day, Christmas ,singing to me early In the am on my birthday. Your jokes , your dancing and music your love of your cars.i miss your voice; your lectures and hugs!! Most of all I miss having a DAD especially one like you!! Continue to protect your grandbabies and shine bright when I need your strengh!! Rest in peace in you Cancun in the sky!!#never ever forgotten#TNTlove your daughter Jennifer xo❤️

Thomas Bray's daughter Jennifer Riv
Toms daughter

November 13, 2020

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