KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: August 9, 1917
End of Watch: July 28, 1918
Policeman Thomas McVay was killed during the First Tasker Streets Racial Riots at 2700 Oakford Street. Two policemen entered the hallway of Mr. Huff home at Titan Street during a foot pursuit of another shooting he was involved in only moment earlier. It was testified that Henry Huff fled into the bathroom leaving the door open long enough to fire a revolver at McVay’s chest, as the policemen were mounting the stairs. “Jack, he got me!” Officer Kennedy testified was the last works of Officer McVay said. Huff was then overpowered and placed under arrest. It was also believed Huff shot acting detective Thomas Myers attached to the 20th and Federal Street station who received bullets in the thigh and hip while passing through Titan Street. Officer Myers crawled about a block to get help from his companions and was also taken to Polyclinic Hospital. McVay was off duty at the time. He had met a squad of his comrades responding to one of the riot calls and joined them. McVay was engaged to Miss Marie Duffy, and they were to have been married in September. McVay is survived by his mother, two sisters and a brother.