unheralded hero

deputy thomas clancy

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Wayne County Sheriff's Office

Rank: Deputy

Badge:  Unknown

Served: Three Years

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 

Location of Incident (Present Day): Campus Martius, Detroit, Michigan

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Age at Time of Death: 


Date of Birth: Unknown

Date of Appointment: Unknown

Date of Incident: 1 May 1860

End of Watch: 5 May 1860

Date of Interment: 7 May 1860


Unheralded Hero Investigation Began: 22 December 2020

Accepted By Agency: 23 December 2020

Approved By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: 1 February 2022


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial



 Military Service: No Military Service


Memorial Details

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel 58 West Line 33

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

Memorial at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Not Listed

Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Not Listed

Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial: Not Listed

Wayne County First Responders Memorial: Not Listed


Incident & Biographic Details

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Clancy succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was kicked by a horse while attempting to make an arrest.

A man was drunk and acting disorderly while in a drugstore on Monroe Street, near city hall. Deputy Clancy was in the process of arresting him when the man broke free and jumped onto his horse-drawn wagon on Campus Martius. Deputy Clancy attempted to stop the horses but was kicked in the face by one of them suffering severe injuries. He succumbed to his injuries four days later.

The man was charged with manslaughter, but the charges were dismissed at trial.

Deputy Clancy had served with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for three years.