Remembering Tom Gibbons, Philadelphia police officer, Inquirer crime reporter

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The former site of the Daily News and Inquirer at Broad and Callowhill streets. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The former site of the Daily News and Inquirer at Broad and Callowhill streets. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Services were held this week for former Philadelphia Police officer Tom Gibbons. Gibbons was also a longtime reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Inquirer.

Gibbons, 73, passed away on March 16. He leaves behind a wife of 47 years, a daughter, and several grandchildren.

Decades ago, Gibbons was shot in the line of duty and almost died. After leaving the department, he was recruited by the Bulletin to cover the police beat. He retired in 2005.

In the summer of 2016, WHYY’s Terri Gross interviewed Gibbons on “Fresh Air.” In the segment, he spoke about the night of the shooting and the impact it had on his life — and the way that police procedures were changed as a result. Listen above.

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