THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

  Corporal Thomas E. Lawry
Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol

1905-1930

Incident Details

Thomas E. Lawry was born May 30, 1905, at Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Prior to enlistment with the State Highway Patrol, Lawry served for three years with the Pennsylvania National Guard, from which he was honorably discharged July 1, 1926. He enlisted with the State Highway Patrol on September 17, 1926, from Chinchilla, Lackawanna County. He was 21 years old and 6'0" tall.

At 4:05 p.m. on January 31, 1930, Lawry was patrolling the Sullivan Trail, Whites Ferry, Wyoming County, near the St. Michael's Industrial School, when he was struck by a motor vehicle driven by Louis Engel, 17. Engel was driving on the wrong side of the highway. Lawry was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the accident scene. Engel was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Lawry was buried in Shady Lane Cemetery, Chinchilla. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lawry, of Chinchilla. He had served three and a half years with the State Highway Patrol.