US Customs Seal

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Message from Commissioner Robert C. Bonner
A Loss in the Line of Duty

Today, we suffered the tragic loss of U.S. Customs Inspector Thomas Murray, who died in the line of duty this morning at the Port of Gramercy, in Louisiana.

Inspector Murray lost his life during an examination of the hold of a vessel in which toxic fumes were apparently present. He died in service to his country, doing what his fellow inspectors and Customs employees across the nation do every single day, at a time when it has never mattered more: protecting America.

Inspector Murray was a member of the Customs family for thirty-one years. He began his career in International Falls, Minnesota in 1970, after serving in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his family: his wife, Joan, and six children; his parents, Jack and Donna Murray; two sisters; and five brothers, one of whom also serves as a U.S. Customs Inspector.

At this time, I ask all Customs employees to join with me in remembering Inspector Murray and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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