Lieutenant Earl David Thomas

Lieutenant Earl David Thomas

Gates Mills Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, December 26, 1951

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Earl David Thomas

Lieutenant Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack after striking his chest while attempting to free his patrol car, which had become stuck in snow. He struck his chest on the trunk of the car after slipping on snow while attempting to push the vehicle free. He became ill and collapsed a short time later.

Lieutenant Thomas had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Earl David Thomas of the Gates Mills Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 26, 2023

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