Deputy Sheriff Reginald Bernard Thomas

Deputy Sheriff Reginald Bernard Thomas

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, September 7, 2020

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Reginald Bernard Thomas

Deputy Sheriff Reggie Thomas suffered a fatal stroke while on patrol at Airport Way South and South Doris Street in Seattle at 12:18 pm.

He lost control of the patrol car and hit a parked vehicle on the side of the road. The passenger who was sitting in her car at the time of the crash died at the scene. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries nine days later.

Deputy Thomas was a United States Army veteran and had served with the King County Sheriff's Office for 30 years. He is survived by his mother.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 1086
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 29, 2020

vehicle crash, patrol

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Heavenly Father, You are Compassionate and Merciful. None of America’s Peace Officers leave home without the fear of not returning at the end of their watch. It is a fear that is lived daily. Unfortunately, the worst does sometimes come to pass, and lives are left shattered. Lord God, bless and keep the hearts and souls of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. Wipe away the tears from their eyes. Soothe their pain and bind up their emotional wounds through the wounds of Your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In His name, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” [Isaiah 6:8 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, NCCA, FCPO-USA
Independent Christian Law Enforcement Chaplain
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

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