Customs Tribute to Tom

We Love and Miss Him

Tom 2001

Remembering Senior Inspector Murray

Remembering Senior Inspector Thomas Murray
Entered by: James Hynes
Author:
Bonni G. Tischler at US Customs
(Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations)

10/30/01 6:17pm

Customs is a family, which uniquely understands that which is different for us and about us. Our work is important to our country and every hour of every day on the job we can see the impact of what we do. We are lucky in that way. Our jobs aren't really jobs at all they are an opportunity, an opportunity to give something truly meaningful to our country and its citizens. America is a little safer and a little freer because of us.

Senior Inspector Thomas Murray made the ultimate sacrifice for our agency and our country. Tom will live on in the body of his accomplishments, in the respect of his unique and exclusive circle of comrades and in his family. His spirit will forever be reflected in the sunlight glancing off the badges of all U.S. Customs Service officers.

They say the gates of heaven are guarded by Michael, the Archangel, who is regarded as the "patron saint" of law enforcement. I know that archangel must have bowed his head as Tom approached and whispered the words of Robert Frost, which so eloquently capture the essence of being a Customs officer.

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference"

Robert Frost

Senior Inspector Thomas Murray, you took that road for yourself and for all of us. Rest in Peace.

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