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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For some reason, Tommy popped into my mind today. He used to be a regular in the morning at the old Back Bay Racquet Club where he would come in and religiously workout and play racquetball. We spoke every morning for years, I found him to be funny, kind, a good listener, and just a fantastic all-around person. I used to give him different weight-training exercises, and he would say to me, “Bob, if I keep this up, I’m going to have prison arms.”

He is still missed by me and so many others. I only hope Ann gets to read this one day.

Bob Gordon

August 28, 2020

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