Trooper Thomas J. Merry

Trooper Thomas J. Merry

Maine State Police, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, July 12, 1980

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Thomas J. Merry

Trooper Thomas Merry was killed when he was struck by a suspect's vehicle while setting up for a roadblock in Palmyra during a pursuit. He was attempting to seek cover when he was struck by the vehicle.

The 20-year-old subject, who only suffered a broken leg, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years.

Trooper Merry had served with the Maine State Police for three years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 332

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 years

roadblock, vehicle pursuit

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Tom There is not a day goes by I don't think of you and that terrible night. You were a friend and mentor. You were a hero to the end. In my 40 years, I have covered many tragedies in my career, but none so horrible or tragic as that night by the iron bridge. Thank-you for your mentoring and for your service. You family is doing well.

Detective Sergeant Robert M. McFetridge
Clinton Maine Police Department.

September 4, 2020

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