Detective Thomas H. Day

Detective Thomas H. Day

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1931

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Thomas H. Day

Detective Thomas Day was killed in an automobile crash while transporting a prisoner.

Patrolman Day apprehended a suspect, and at that time, the practice was to have the suspect drive the police car to headquarters while the officer guarded him. This particular suspect, by intent or inability, was unable to handle the vehicle and careened wildly into a utility pole. Patrolman Day was killed.

The driver was charged with manslaughter, but there are no additional details about the incident.

Detective Day had been with the Columbus Division of Police for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 172

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash


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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 Patrolman Thomas Day of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 7, 2023

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