Detective Thomas J. Gill

Detective Thomas J. Gill

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, February 10, 1988

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Thomas J. Gill

Detective Thomas Gill was struck by an Amtrak train while searching for several firearms that had been stolen in a burglary at a nearby home on Brooksdale Road.

Investigators received a tip that that 14 of the firearms had been concealed in a duffle bag and thrown over a fence onto the railroad tracks in the area of the Stockyard Restaurant, on Market Street, when he was struck. It is believed he did not hear or see the train because of the noise from the adjacent interstate and because the area he was searching was on a sharp curve.

Detective Gill was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Boston Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train


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Tonight we have a special candle lit in your honor in our South Boston home. Detective Thomas J. Gill we thank you today on the anniversary of your line of duty death for your proven dedication to our nation. Thank you for your service in the military in Southeast Asia and thank you for your service to the city that I so dearly love. The Hub. Benton. Our home. Today is Ash Wednesday and I will be in prayer for the rest of the day. You are never ever forgotten.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

February 10, 2016

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