On April 12, 2007, Utica , NY Police Officer Thomas M. Lindsey was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Officer Lindsey was ambushed from behind as he was giving a driver a break for driving through a stop sign.

 

These are two website's dedicated to Officer Thomas Lindsey.

www.ThomasLindsey.com    and   www.OfficerLindsey.com 

  

 

(Tommy's obituary as appeared in the Observer-Dispatch April 17., 2007)


Officer Thomas M. Lindsey,
UPD of Utica

Officer Thomas M. Lindsey, UPD, age 32, of Utica , a five year veteran of the Utica Police Department, made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the citizens of Utica when he passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was killed in the line of duty.

Born in Utica on October 1, 1974, Tommy was the son of Arthur "Frank" Sr. and Carmella (Bumbolo) Lindsey. Raised and educated in Utica , he graduated from Utica Senior Academy in 1992.

A proud member of the United States Marine Corps, he served his duty overseas as an Embassy Security Guard from 1993-1999. He then attended college, graduating from MVCC in 2001. At one time he was married to the former Susan Drinkwater.

His life's work began when he was appointed to the Utica Police Department on October 8, 2001. A five year veteran police officer, he was formerly a member of the tactical unit and currently a member of the "C" platoon. Tommy's life was defined by the love of his work. He dedicated his life to doing what he loved best --- his military service and his commitment to protecting Utica . He was awarded several Certificates of Commendation by the Utica Police Department for honorable service rendered in the East Utica and Cornhill areas. He was credited for "alertness, teamwork, dedication, keen powers of observation, and the ability to quickly diffuse a dangerous situation". This was the story of who he was.

Similarly, in his military career, as the United States Marine Corps cited, "He set new standards of professionalism and personal excellence".

In his personal life, he knew the qualities it took to be a good friend, and he respected people. He had a kind heart and always honored his family and guarded their well being. His family asks that you remember him for his dedication to serving others. Although Tommy's journey of life was short, completing tasks, thoughts, and ideas were truly meaningful to him. Confident of spirit, determined of mind, and physically fit of body, he pursued the sport of weightlifting at the Solid Gold Fitness Center , often achieving 1st place in competitions.

He was a member of the Utica Police Association, and a communicant of his family parish, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Tommy is survived by his mother, Carmella (Bumbolo) Schisler; his father, Frank Lindsey, Sr.; and his paternal grandmother, Lenore Lindsey. Also surviving are his sisters, Edwina M. Lindsey of Schenectady, and Christina A. Lindsey of Yorkville; his brother, Arthur "Artie" Lindsey, Jr. and Elaine Beyel of Utica; his nieces and nephews, Amanda, Jasmine and Paul, Jr.; Juliann; and Braylee, Jordan, and Devin; his many cousins, especially David, Angela, and Brad; and his aunts and uncles, including Roseann, Mike, Mary, Joseph, Anthony, Kathy, and Grant. Tommy knew the closeness of his companion, Lisa Karpowich, her children, Tyler and Kylee, and her entire family; his longtime friend, Tom and his son, who Tommy baptized; and his dear and adored family friend, Christina SanFilippo.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the Utica Police Department for their support and unconditional love and respect; to his fellow brotherhood of police officers for their outstanding commitment to Tommy's honor; and to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Father Joe Salerno, and the outstanding community at large.

Visitation will be held Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St. , Utica . Tommy's funeral service will commence on Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Committal services with Full Police and Military Honors graveside will follow at Calvary Cemetery . Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St. , corner of Hammond Ave. Online tributes at: http://www.EannaceFuneralHome.com