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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I miss you every day of my life dad! You were my world .no matter how many years past ; your advice; your words ; your love and most impt just you are missed!! My wedding; father's days ; Christmas and the births of your grandkids ; the pain is still intense as the day you left!! I will never forget and will make sure noone does!! You left your mark everywhere you went!! You always said you will never ever disgrace your badge for your kids or ruin the oath you took or the pension you worked hard for!! And you are a man of honor; you kept your promise!! I can't even go to your grave it hurts my heart!! But going to your plaque helps me to honor you and your legacy! Forever your oldest daughter Jennifer.rest in your Cancun in the sky dad.!!

Jennifer Bray
Tom's daughter

January 17, 2020

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