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Detective Thomas Luell Keen

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, September 15, 2008

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Reflections for Detective Thomas Luell Keen

Just ran across a picture of you Tommie, we didn’t work together but we saw each other in the course of work. The eighties were interesting times, you working robbery and I working fugitives. You were taken too soon but you were doing what you loved. Rest in peace buddy.

Detective Don McGeough
Harris Co. Sheriffs Office, District Attorneys Fugitive Apprehension

October 30, 2020

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 15, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Keen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 10, 2019

I don't know why I was thinking of you today, but I did not know that you had died. I just figured out how to find you today and saw this. I was very saddened to read this, you are a great guy. You helped me more than you will ever know and I miss you. I so liked the times when we ran into each other at the courthouse. I'm so sorry you're gone. Love, Glena.


March 7, 2019

It's the 4th of July and I should be at your house surrounded by family and friends celebrating. You would be throwing me in the pool or having a mean game of volleyball! I love you and miss you Uncle Tom!!


July 4, 2016


For some reason you are on my mind today, so I came back to look at the postings here. I have gone back to work for the SO after being retired for 12 years and hardly know anyone anymore. I will always remember you and appreciate how kind and helpful you were to me as a Deputy and Detective. I will always hold you in great esteem. Rest my friend.

Harris County Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2016

Although I didn't know him too well back in the day, I remember seeing him - quite frequently - visiting the jail floor where I once worked to get his shoes or boots shined by the inmates. I had never seen a sharper dressed man in civilian clothes before or since then, and he was always impeccably and moustache neatly trimmed, clothes always freshly pressed, and boots/shoes shining enough to make you blind. He was also quite enigmatic....he was quiet but at the same time he exuded an aura of someone who was an assertive no-nonsense individual dedicated to performing his job with perseverance and integrity.

William Laws, Detention Officer
Harris County Sheriff's Office

December 21, 2015

On days like this I think about you. Of course your sweet smile & crazy humor!! I miss you & Bill Hopkins & think of you often! You are not forgotten!

Paulette Scott

May 14, 2015

Hello My Darling it has been way toooooo long since I've wrote you. It's been a little over 6 years and I miss you as if it were yesterday. You are and always will be my soul mate. You have the cutest, most precious Grandson that God could allow, his name is Chael, I'm sure you know this and see him daily. Oh what a gift. He will grow up knowing all about his amazing Papaw. Today is December 3rd 2014 and I was thinking of you all day yesterday Dec 2. (Tom alive Day) remember how we celebrated it every year. I thank God that you survived that day, all those years ago or I would not have had the blessing of having you for the short time we had. Cody is doing well in his own business and he is such a Great Father. I know you are so proud. Now he knows all about a fathers LOVE for his child, just like yours was for him. Holidays are really difficult without you. Cody tells me to put on my big girl pants. We all miss you more than you will ever know. The pain is unbelievable. I will see you again one day My Darling, I LOVE YOU.

Your Loving Wife

December 3, 2014

Heroes live forever, Detective Keen, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 15, 2013

Your friends and family miss you Tom, smile and know that they appreciate you every day.

Sigmund R. Potocki, TSGT USAF (Ret)

August 13, 2013

I miss you Uncle Tom....I can't believe you been gone almost 5 years. You mean so much to me! You're a grandpa now too!! Chael has your eyes! And he has the best Guardian Angel there is...YOU! Until we meet again, please know that you are so loved and missed!!

Tracy Hudack

May 27, 2013

Rest in peace, Detective Keen. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 15, 2012

Rest in peace, Detective Keen. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 15, 2011

Dearest Tommy, just found out today about your passing. Been out of the country off and on the last few years. We'll never forget you, brother. You made me laugh so much in the worst of times. You were an excellent investigator and even better person. You are greatly, sorely, sorely missed. You left this world helping people which is the ultimate service. I'm sure you're giving God a laugh now as well. RIP and my heartfelt condolences and prayers go out for the Keen family. God speed.

Tina Anderson

September 14, 2010

I'm just adding a note of remembrance. I do not want his service forgotten. I don't care what day of the year it may be.

Gale Jordan

April 5, 2010

To Det. Tommy Keen, his family and his fellow officers with the Harris County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Det. Keen‘s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Det. Keen and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

September 17, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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 poolice officer.

Thank you also for your service to our country during your two Vietnam tours.

To his wife, I can see from your reflection how much you and miss your husband. You are in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 17, 2009

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Detective Keen. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Tommy, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Tommy's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Tommy's life was about so much more than the way he died. Tommy will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Detective Keen, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost seven years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

September 13, 2009

I've known Tommy for nearly 25 years and I have never met a finer man and investigator. I am proud to have served with Tommy and to have been a friend. Rest in peace, Tommy. We will all miss you!

Retired Detective Billy Jones
Harris County Sheriff's Department

September 3, 2009

I'm just now writing this to you Darling today is July 21st 2009 many Holidays have come and gone and I just keep waiting for you to walk through the door all scraggily from being at the deer lease. You always made such a big deal of my Birthday which has just passed, I think that's when it finally registered with me, I would never see you again in this life. You are everything all these reflections have said and so much more. I am so blessed of GOD to have had you in my life for almost 30 Wonderful years. Not long enough.I don't know why you left before me. I will never understand why, My Darling what happened?? I've been sitting at the computer for hours trying to get a few words in, I thought I could finally do this but I'm almost drowning in my tears. You are the Best HUSBAND, FATHER, Son, Brother, Uncle etc... I could go on and on and one day you will be the Best Grandfather Angel in Heaven. You are the Love of My Life and always will be. I could have never imagined feeling so loved until I met you. You made me feel like I was the prettiest woman in the room even when it was full of beauty queens. I've been told by so many people that GOD doesn't make mistakes, I can't imagine GOD needing you more than I do. I know I'm not suppose to question but I ask him everyday. I've been told I must go on with my life, I'm doing the best I can. I'm breathing but it's labored. I'm not afraid of death anymore knowing I have you to come to. I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

Your Wife (JK)

July 21, 2009

I rember the fun I had in classes with you...Thanks for the time you spent with me.

PFC Brooks
Harris County Deputy

April 9, 2009

The wicked fleee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

May God be with you and all who mourn you. May he give them the strength to carry on.

Truly you are the 'pride of Texas'.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 6, 2009

I have spent many years taking my kid to the skating Rink Mr. Keen was always there every Friday night Rain or Shine. Mr. Keen and I were both 59 and Vietnam Vets, so we always had things to talk about. Every time I go to the Rink I cannot stop of thinking of Mr. Keen. He was my Friend and a friend to a lot of kids at the Rink. God Speed my Friend. And to His Son and Wife he was a man of Great Integrity & Character. Always remember that he will be missed but never Forgotten. Thanks for looking after my kids.

Rick Sloan

February 23, 2009

Oh my gosh, I had not heard that Tommy was gone until today December 3rd. I am so sorry for his loss. He was a great person and I know he will be missed. I knew him from his long time association with Champions Roller World.

Jan Trapp

December 3, 2008

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