Patrolman Thomas McGough

Patrolman Thomas McGough

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 1972

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Thomas McGough

Patrolman Thomas McGough succumbed to burns sustained six weeks earlier when he and Patrolman Leonard Lamatrice responded to an accident on Stony Hollow Boulevard. A tanker truck had overturned on the bottom of a hill. As the two officers exited their patrol car the spilled gasoline caught fire and both officers were engulfed by the flames.

Patrolman Lamatrice died of his injuries five weeks after the accident. Patrolman McGough suffered burns over 75 percent of his body and died six weeks later.

Patrolman McGough was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Steubenville Police Department for 1 year. He was survived by his mother, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 27, 1972

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Patrolman McGough,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 6, 2022

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