Policeman Thomas J. McVay

Policeman Thomas J. McVay

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, July 28, 1918

Thomas J. McVay

Policeman Thomas McVay was shot and killed during a racial disturbance in South Philadelphia.

Policeman McVay was shot on Titan Street, near 27th Street, when he tried to get into a house from which shots had been fired. Policeman McVay had been on the force less than a year.

The suspect who shot and killed another man was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

Policeman McVay was survived by his fiance.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thomas J McVay was engaged to my Grandmother on my father's side when he was killed in the line of duty. My Grandmother kept the ring he gave her to the day she died almost 60-years later. Our family honors his memory and will never forget the impact he had on my Grandmother. he remains in our hearts and prayers to this day. May he rest in peace. Thank you Ms. Loya for your kind words.

Edward M. Hardiman

March 24, 2014

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