Private Thomas P. Carey

Private Thomas P. Carey

Pennsylvania Motor Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, June 17, 1941

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Thomas P. Carey

Private Carey died after being exposed to tetrachloride fumes from a fire extinguisher. He and another officer had arrived on the scene of an accident in which a car was on fire. Private Carey used the fire extinguiser to put out the flames but immediately became ill. He was taken to a local doctor where he died approximately two hours later. All tetrachloride fire extinguisers issued to officers were immediately replaced with non-toxic fire extinguishers.
Private Carey had been with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

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Pvt. Carey,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.


United States Border Patrol

June 17, 2021

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