Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas

Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Gail Denise Thomas

Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting other officers with a traffic incident on the exit ramp from southbound I-75 to northbound I-85.

She had just exited her vehicle when she was struck. The drunk driver was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and reckless driving. He was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Officer Thomas had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 15 years. She is survived by one child.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 16 years

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On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the Atlanta Police Department lost Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas in a tragic accident. Her loss has been devastating for Gail’s family and friends. Let’s keep them and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers. Officer Thomas touched many lives even people that she never met. The world is a better place for your having been here Officer Thomas. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Chief Paul Philipps Ret.
Parsippany Police Department

January 24, 2022

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