Served: 4 Years
Newport Police Department 1984 to 1986
Highland Heights to September 10, 1988
Tom was born on December 27, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky to Robert Emmet and Marie (Passafiume) Noonan. He graduated from duPont Manual High School. Out of high school, Tom worked at K-Mart.
He moved from Louisville during 1984 and joined the Newport Police Department. Two years later, he transferred to Highland Heights. He carried a Bible everywhere he went. When working Sundays, he spent his lunchtime attending Mass. His business cards were imprinted with an apocryphal Bible verse – “Strive for justice for thy soul, and even unto death fight for justice and God will overthrow thy enemies for thee – Ecclesiasticus 4:33.”
Officer Noonan was a member of the Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police and of St. Therese Catholic Church in Southgate.
On September 10, 1988 Patrolman Noonan was finishing up an investigation into an attempted rape when an alarm was broadcast regarding a hold up at the Boron Service Station in Highland Heights. He responded at a high rate of speed and, at the top of a hill on Johns Hill Road, his car went airborne, struck a pole, and overturned. Patrolman Noonan was thrown from the car and suffered severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas. Sergeant Harry Newberry of the Campbell County Police Department investigated the accident.
The holdup was a false alarm. A cashier at the station advised that the station’s security company called in the alarm after a security system malfunction.
Patrolman Noonan was survived by his parents; and nine siblings, Rev. Joseph Noonan, Brother Pius X Mary, Patrick J. Noonan, Brigid Noonan, Agnes Noonan, Mary Pierce, and Martha Skaggs, Rose Schaeffer, and Angela Noonan. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Bosse Funeral Home in Louisville on September 12, 1988. He is buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Louisville. Newport Patrolman Steve Foster served as one of his pallbearers.
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This narrative was further researched and revised August 29, 2018 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Memorial Committee Chairman. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.