Deputy Sheriff Patch Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. McDermott
Age: 22
Died: Monday, July 12, 1904
Cause of Death: Pistol Wound to the chest
Shot during a raid of a gambling joint. Also shot during the raid was Deputy Sheriff Houston Mitchell. These 2 line of duty deaths are the oldest recorded for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. McDermott's death was significant in that he was the 2nd recorded death and also he was one of the youngest at age 22 years and least experienced; having worked only 6 weeks.

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