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Chin, Agent Tommy K.

End of Watch: 
Sunday, October 17, 1999
County: 
King
Agency: 
Immigration & Naturalization

Agent Tommy Chin died after contracting Beta-hemolytic streptococcus, (necrotizing facilitis) Group A, also known as the flesh eating bacteria. He contracted the disease while taking custody of 151 illegal Chinese refugees on an isolated island off of the coast of Washington state. Agent Chin had been employed with the United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and child.