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 his bravery in his efforts to save the crewmembers during the incident.

Lieutenant Leis had served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for 17 years. He 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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Remebering Tommy Leis for his bravery and commitment to duty. He was a good friend and role model for myself and many others who worked with him over the years.

RIP Tommy.

Special Agent Thomas Trotto

April 23, 2024

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