Lieutenant Thomas James Leis

Lieutenant Thomas James Leis

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, April 29, 1990

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Thomas James Leis

Lieutenant Thomas Leis died from complications related to carbon monoxide poisoning received on October 4th, 1988, at the Port of Miami.

He suffered the poisoning while assisting with the rescue of several crewmembers from the hold of a ship. Two crewmembers died and several others became seriously ill. Seven firefighters and one other police officer were also overcome by the fumes but recovered after receiving treatment.

Lieutenant Leis received recognition for bravery for his efforts to save the crewmembers during the incident.

Lieutenant Leis is survived by his wife and five daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1917

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 4, 1988


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Lt. Leis, perhaps you knew Officer William C. Cook, an officer of the highest esteem who worked out of the Central Division where you were a sergeant. He was killed in the line of duty on May 16, 1979 and was as brave and honorable as you. You are both in heaven sharing old moments. Rest in peace Lt. Leis. Bravery and humility were your best partners.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 8, 2017

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