Patrolman Thomas Murphy was shot and killed during an armed robbery.
Patrolman Murphy was assigned to patrol a coal company in an area experiencing a pattern of robberies. He observed an armed offender enter and announce a robbery. Patrolman Murphy confronted the armed gunman and engaged in a gun battle. Patrolman Murphy was struck by a bullet fired through the window by another assailant standing outside.
Patrolman Murphy was survived by his wife and two sons