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 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 served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and three grown children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 1302

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Dear dad today is Father’s Day 2022!!21 fathers days without you!!! The Pain literally never leaves!!! You truly left your mark dad on so so many !! I read over these comments all the time it brings me comfort and pride but I want everyone to know I never ever forget anything about that day. It’s engraved in my head. You now have 14 grandkids and 2 great grandsons and only met 2 . I’m so thankful I had the best dad . For your advice and love ! And you were a standup cop !! Our memories live in my heart dad I hope your prould ! Please everyone today while you’re with your kids this Father’s Day say a lil prayer rot my dad Tom Bray Philly PD EOW Nov 13 2001 gone but never ever forgotten!!rest in your Cancun in the sky dad love Jennifer your daughter❤️

Jennifer Bray ( Toms Daughter )
Jennifer Bray ( Toms daughter) Philly PD Marine Unit

June 19, 2022

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