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Police Officer Thomas F. Madden

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, December 9, 1913

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas F. Madden

Officer Madden,
On today, the 104th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 9, 2017

The April 16 entry is largely factual with the following exceptions:

Thomas Franklin Madden was born in Lansing in 1873. He was an older brother of my Grandfather and my Grandfather was the one charged with the grisly ask of identifying his older brother's body at the coroner's office the day after the shooting. Thomas F. was married to Lilly May Albertson in 1904 but they had no children. In fact she had filed a complaint for divorce in March of 1910 in Saginaw Circuit Court which two months later was withdrawn. The 1910 census shows that Lilly May Madden was at that time living in Saginaw with her parents and siblings. Thomas F. was listed as living in a house on Cass Avenue in Detroit. The "trigger" man in the killing was shot and killed two months after Officer Madden's death. In June of 1914, Carlyle Gunn, the compatriot of the shooter was acquitted by a jury of involvement in the Madden murder and served no jail time. Consequently, my great Grandmother's wish that another mother's grief would be spared came to fruition. Gunn died in 1943 and apparently stayed out of trouble with the law after December of 1914.

As the above distant relative so aptly put it, over 100 years gone and Thomas F. Madden and his public service is not forgotten. I visit his gravesite every memorial day when I visit my parents gravesite.

Ron Emery
A great grandnephew.

July 17, 2014

Officer Madden was born in Lansing, MI in 1877 to Luke and Mary Madden. At some point he went to Jackson working as a foreman in a foundry for a few years before relocating to Detroit to become a patrolman. He was married with an infant son when he was killed in December 1913. In March of 1914 his killers were finally identified. The shooter was killed by a shopkeeper during a robbery. During the trial of the 2nd man Officer Madden's mother Mary and his brother's wife Ida spoke with compassion of a 'mother's heart bleeds' regarding all the mothers involved on both sides.
I have researched but have not as yet found what sentence the man received.
*verifiable via various newspaper articles, primarily the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Ancestor Thomas Franklin Madden, over 100 years now and still not forgotten.

A distant descendent

April 16, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 10, 2011

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, NH

December 5, 2007

The 1910 U.S. Census finds Thomas F. Madden married, but living by himself with an elderly aunt. He is 32, so would have been 35 at the time of his death. His address is 1425 Cass Avenue, and states he was born in Michigan.
And he is not forgotten.

Sgt. Ray Downing, Retired
Detroit PD

January 11, 2005

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