Tuesday, October 30, 2001
from Commissioner Robert C. Bonner
A Loss in the Line
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
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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