Patrol Deputy Thomas Edward Felton, Jr.

Patrol Deputy Thomas Edward Felton, Jr.

Sussex County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 29, 1989

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Thomas Edward Felton, Jr.

Patrol Deputy Thomas Felton was killed when his patrol car was struck by a northbound CSX Railroad freight train, in Jarrett, while responding to backup another deputy at a burglary in progress.

He was at home getting ready for his shift when he received the call at 6:30 am.

An investigation into the crash revealed that the railroad crossing gates had been malfunctioning for several days and did not close as the train approached.

Deputy Felton had served with the Sussex County Sheriff's Office for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

Deputy Felton's surviving spouse became a founding member of the Virginia Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors and later became a national president of the organization.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 55

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

burglary, emergency response

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I never had the chance to meet you Tom but I knew you well thru Sharon. She missed you so. Yesterday she got to see you again. I know she is now pain free and safe with you in heaven. Her family and friends will miss her terribly but we know we will see her again.

Tammie Elliott-Gehle

November 10, 2019

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