Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 13, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Mitchell Bray, Sr.

Rest in peace Officer Bray.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 14, 2023

Dear dad today is Father’s Day 2022!!21 fathers days without you!!! The Pain literally never leaves!!! You truly left your mark dad on so so many !! I read over these comments all the time it brings me comfort and pride but I want everyone to know I never ever forget anything about that day. It’s engraved in my head. You now have 14 grandkids and 2 great grandsons and only met 2 . I’m so thankful I had the best dad . For your advice and love ! And you were a standup cop !! Our memories live in my heart dad I hope your prould ! Please everyone today while you’re with your kids this Father’s Day say a lil prayer rot my dad Tom Bray Philly PD EOW Nov 13 2001 gone but never ever forgotten!!rest in your Cancun in the sky dad love Jennifer your daughter❤️

Jennifer Bray ( Toms Daughter )
Jennifer Bray ( Toms daughter) Philly PD Marine Unit

June 19, 2022

Rest in peace.


November 13, 2021

Dear dad, tomorrow marks 20 years without you, the pain is still raw after all these years!! You were always by my side, always there to Help anyone, these years are so so hard without you! You were my dad but most impt my best friend. You have 14 grandchildren between the 3 of us and only got to meet 2, so many things that you taught me about life I now teach my children. I can hear your words or so many different things in my head. I’m so angry that you had to leave us!!my heart aches for you, I literally can’t go to your grave it hurts too much ! So tomorrow for any of my dads friends in Philly PD I’m doing a balloon release at my dads plaque at the Police Academy on woodhaven road @12 any close friends are welcome to bring a royal blue or navy blue balllon and a memory you want to share about him tomm nov 13 th 2021 to mark the 20 th anniversary without him. Ty all for your kind words when I’m having a rough day , I read all these post and comments. Ty again!!! Treasure your loved ones cause I’m here as proof that the pain never goes away! Please keep my family in prayer tomm

Jennifer bray
Toms oldest daughter

November 12, 2021

I often think about you.... A deeper self-indulge... For I'm a father now.... My heart begins to bulge.... Open eyes beneath and see what I've become... Dad from top to bottom... Bad math but they're my sum... Trials and tribulations life is God damn a trip.... My palm is yet still sweaty... I've found my grown up grip.... I wish that you can see us... The love we share within... I wonder if you're looking down... Wide eyes and full of grin.... I hold the daddy torch now... And Take it full of pride... Forever I will love you.... That pain it won't subside....RIP DAD❤️❤️❤️

Tom Bray

July 29, 2021

Dad.,it's been 19 long years and the pain never goes away!! My heart aches the same as the day you left. You were so true to your Oath as a Philly P/O .I'm so prould to be your daughter! You went above and beyond your duties!! I miss you on father's day, Christmas ,singing to me early In the am on my birthday. Your jokes , your dancing and music your love of your cars.i miss your voice; your lectures and hugs!! Most of all I miss having a DAD especially one like you!! Continue to protect your grandbabies and shine bright when I need your strengh!! Rest in peace in you Cancun in the sky!!#never ever forgotten#TNTlove your daughter Jennifer xo❤️

Thomas Bray's daughter Jennifer Riv
Toms daughter

November 13, 2020

Rest In Peace always and know that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 29, 2020

I miss you every day of my life dad! You were my world .no matter how many years past ; your advice; your words ; your love and most impt just you are missed!! My wedding; father's days ; Christmas and the births of your grandkids ; the pain is still intense as the day you left!! I will never forget and will make sure noone does!! You left your mark everywhere you went!! You always said you will never ever disgrace your badge for your kids or ruin the oath you took or the pension you worked hard for!! And you are a man of honor; you kept your promise!! I can't even go to your grave it hurts my heart!! But going to your plaque helps me to honor you and your legacy! Forever your oldest daughter in your Cancun in the sky dad.!!

Jennifer Bray
Tom's daughter

January 17, 2020

Tom Bray was the most honest, kind, and dedicated cop in the Philly PD. He died under mysterious, suspicious circumstances the day after he testified against another cop who was ultimately fired for the alleged wrongdoing that Tom had testified about. Tom's mother and estate sued for wrongful death and received a hefty settlement. Why is anyone still calling Tom's death an accident? Every good cop familiar with the situation knows otherwise. Best wishes to Tom's relatives.

Lt. Bob

January 22, 2017

Dear dad,I miss u so much!!! Thepain is the same as the day u left me ! I would give anything to hug u, hear ur many speeches, and good advice that I being a teen didn't want to hear. I look at my kids who long for a Francisco, I meant someone from Wallace st who knew u and talked how u would pull up ams help anyone ,u would buy the homeless a meal. U have many a Christmas with ur spring garden toys for tots program.I feel so proud to be ur daughter. I suffer so much even watching a TV show with scubadivers I can't help but think what ur last thoughts were under that water, did u suffer,panic,pain!?? My heart aches!! The pictures in my mind when the police car picked me up top take me to the Hosp,seeing u ladling in the Hosp bed one last time cause I couldn't believe it!! Trying to wrap ur arms around me one last time or study your hands! so I couldn't forget!! U were my rock dad!! I feel so lost without u and all this medical things I'm going through with my health now I need my dad!!!! I hope I make u prould! I hope u know how prould I am of u!!!!! How much I love u, and how till my last breath I will never forget and will make sure noonelses does either,ty all for ur kindwrds and to the officer who " toucbrd bottom for him" thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Your words were so comforting I pray he watches over u in all ur dives! Xo

love Jennifer your daughter always
toms daughter

March 5, 2016

R.I.P. Tommy! It was an honor serving with you.

Chaplain Brian Dennis
Philadelphia Police Department

February 16, 2016

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 13, 2014

Tom and I were classmates and virtually inseparable thru our training as we sat next to each other.We graduated June 23,1978 as Class 245. We socialized and thru the years we kept in touch and as I was in the Stakeout Unit for many years and patrolled city wide I made a point to stop and talk to Tom where he was assigned. He was always professional,sharp as a tack in uniform and just a good person overall, his death came to me listening to KWY radio while eating dinner,I was numb. RIP Tom,you are not forgotten.


June 23, 2014

I love you brother....


January 2, 2014

Tom, we're your real friends. We're working to prove the truth about your "accidental" death". Justice may one day be served. God bless you and your family.

One Who Knows and Cares

July 16, 2013

Dear dad;its nov 13th 2012.Eleven yrs that i dont have you in my life anymore!ten hoildays:birthdays&most of all my wedding day.or to watch my 5children grow!the pain never gets better!i promise to do my best 2share the happy;funny times that u gave me with my children&to go on making you prould ;the way i am of u!your death will be in my head always;but the memories&love;loyalty&honesty will live in my heart!i miss you every single day of my life!!!forever your loving daughter;jennifer.xoxoxoxo&your son in law levo&grandkids stefan;felicity;devin;laylah&honesty

Jennifer bray rivas {tom's daughter}
Tom's daughter

November 13, 2012

Thinking about you today Tom, Rest In Peace Brother...

P/O Phil Bowdren #9905 (Retired)
Philadelphia Police Department

July 9, 2012

"A DIARY TO MY DAD"Dear Dad;I close my eyes;i see your face;i crave your advice or warm embrace.Im decorating the tree&look all around;the lights won't work & your no where to be found.Im standing at the begining of the asile;all dressed in white.the most important day in my longer your little girl about to become someone's wife.wait;but who will walk me down the asile cause you had to go simply went to work;did your job;&now i have to pay!it's FATHERS DAY;&every father is home with thier children.cherishing when you were here the memories i now have to i have to find your name down the row to put flowers at your grav The birth of my child&ur not there ;in order to feel close ti you;your namesake he will now kids birthday come&go every year;"mommy"they say."why is poppop not here"?"he's swimming with t angels i simply say "that ok mommy guess what ill do;let my balloons go up to him"catch them pop thier for you! I hope your in your cancun in the sky!love jennifer*

Tom's daughter jennifer bray

March 26, 2012

Dear Uncle Tom. I can't believe it's been 10 years. I love and miss you very much and everyday I remember everything you've ever taught me. You were a great influence and continue to be to this day. <3

little one

December 20, 2011

I pray for Officer Bray and his family this evening, I pray that those who killed him and those who covered tracks are brought to justice.

Master Diver
U.S. Navy

October 23, 2011

Thank you for watching over the citizens of philadelphia.I just want to say youll sacrafice will life forever.Rest in peace officer.


November 9, 2010

A SON'S APOLOGY....November 13,2009
Forever i will live through you,no longer will i hide.
That November 13th day you left,took some of me inside.
The lesson that you tried to teach,sometimes got pushed aside.
I wish i knew right then and there,I'm sure i would abide.
I should have listened to you then,if only I had tried.
I miss you so much,i need you here,I'll take it all in stride.
Now I have a little girl,whose life I'm sure to guide.
One more thing in love and honor,through your life I grew pride.


November 13, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 13, 2009

On the 7th anniversary of Officer Bray's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Bray is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 13, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this seventh anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

November 13, 2008

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