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  • Tribute to Thomas Gallagher

    by Representative John Katko

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    KATKO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. KATKO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the life of Thomas Gallagher, an honorable public servant who passed away earlier this week.

    Following his service in the United States Air Force during the Korean war, Thomas earned an undergraduate and master's degree while simultaneously pursuing his career in law enforcement and raising a family.

    Thomas joined the New York City Police Department in 1957 and went on to serve the city for 37 years, rising all the way to the rank of assistant chief.

    Mr. Speaker, Thomas Gallagher was the son of Irish immigrants. From a very early age, he learned the importance of hard work and selfless dedication to his family and the community. Though he endured many tragedies in his life, including the loss of all three of his wives to various diseases, he never lost his zeal for life. He was often buoyed by the great pride he held for all three of his children, who rose to become great successes in law, business, and the Secret Service.

    Thomas personifies the great American spirit. Not only did he persevere through trying times, he prospered. His was a life well lived, and I feel truly blessed to have known him and his great family.

    May God now hold Thomas in the palm of His hand.


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