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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Lt. Leis, you are not forgotten. You were a highly respected sergeant when I first met you in 1984 in Central District. As a rookie officer I witnessed your cool calmness and your sense of fairness and justice during difficult times. Please know, you made MDPD a better place to work and your dedication to duty inspired many officers (including me) throughout our careers. Rest in peace sir.

Det. Luis Rodríguez
Miami Dade Police Department ( MDPD)

February 14, 2023

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