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Thomas Burke
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Portrayed By
First Seen
Last Seen
Final Destination 5
(closing credits)
Full Name
Thomas Burke
Also Known As
Officer Thomas Burke
Origin
White Plains, New York
Status
Alive
Gender
Male
Hair Colour
Black
Eye Colour
Brown
Height
5'8"
Weight
138 lbs.
Race
Caucasian
Cause of Death
Killed by a woodchiper with Kimberly Corman (Only Alternative Scene)
Age
Early 20's
Profession
New York State Police Trooper; later demoted to desk job after the events of the film.
Relationships
Kimberly Corman-Friend
Clear Rivers-Friend; Deceased

Listen, I know you've gone over all this with Detective Suby, but would you mind telling me what happened?

Burke, Questioning Kimberly on how she knew about the pile-up.

Thomas Burke is a main character and the deuteragonist of Final Destination 2. He is a highway patrol officer, and a survivor of the Route 23 pile-up. Thomas and Kimberly Corman are also the first known characters that were able the cheat death entirely in the entire series.

Biography

Thomas was born in early 1980's in White Plains, New York. He resided in Westchester County, and is one of the stationed police officers in the Route 23 sub-station. Besides highway patrol, Thomas also performs secondary tasks such as police investigation and crime scene cleanup. During a stake-out with his partner, Thomas was reassigned to clean up the remains of Billy Hitchcock, avoiding a fatal shoot-out which took his partner's life.

Final Destination 2

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Thomas looking the news on Flight 180 in his computer.

When Kimberly Corman stalls her SUV in the middle of the road after having a premonition of a pile-up in the highway. The drivers behind her, including Thomas, complained about her interruption until vehicles ahead crash one another and explode in the highway. As a result, Kimberly was later interrogated by Thomas at a police sub-station, where Kimberly explained that her vision was very similar to Alex Browning's vision, and that they are now all in Death's List.
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Thomas, remembers his previous event.

Thomas and the other survivors disregard this until survivor Evan Lewis dies the next day, alarming the survivors about the incoming danger. After researching on the disaster of Flight 180 and the news on Alex's death, Thomas willingly agrees to Kimberly to save the group from Death with the help of Clear Rivers, the last survivor of Flight 180. Nonetheless, their attempts prove unsuccessful. Clear suggests to the couple to meet with mortician William Bludworth, who helps the latter by claiming about how new life can defeat Death. Kimberly realizes that pregnant survivor Isabella Hudson can save them, however this proves false since Isabella was meant to live even in the premonition.
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Thomas, after he saves Kimberly.

After Clear and Eugene's deaths, Kimberly sacrifices herself for Thomas' safety by driving the van she is riding to a lake, however Thomas rescues her and sends her to a hospital for recovery. Thinking she and Thomas finally cheated Death, they went to a picnic with the Gibbons family, who tells them how their son Brian Gibbons was saved from Death by the survivors. To everyone's surprise, Brian is incinerated nearby due to a barbecue grill malfunction.

Death Alternative

A newspaper clipping shows that five years after Brian Gibbons' death, Burke went to a hardware
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The Newspaper about an article of Kimberly and Officer Burke's accidents.

store to buy supplies, and met Kimberly inside. As they greeted each other, an unmanned vehicle began to drive down the road until it crashed into the store, nearly killing Kim and Burke.

They rushed outside the back door at the last minute only to come into contact with a woodchipper, which failed to shut off. Kimberly got her coat caught inside the machine and was slowly sucked in. Burke tried to save Kimberly, but in the process, he got caught in the machine too. Both of them were hacked to bits by the woodchipper, their blood splattering all over the wall.

The newspaper article on his death:

Survivors of deadly crash die in bizarre accident

REPORT - Faulty woodchipper to blame

Lakeview, NJ (AP) - In a strange end to a long running mystery that has kept conspiracy theorists and supernaturalists occupied for years, New Jersey police Officer Thomas Burke and Ms. Kimberly Corman - the last survivors of the infamous Route 180 Pileup - died instantly yesterday when they were pulled into a malfunctioning industrial woodchipper. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by local paramedics.

According to eyewitnesses, Ms. Corman stopped at Goldstein's Hardware on North Way for directions. She was surprised to find Mr. Burke also in the store, having stopped by to purchase a fire extinguisher. Neither had seen each other since they were witnesses at the death of Mr. Brian Gibbons, a young man associated with the Route 180 mystery.

At the same time, the brakes failed on an unmanned Camaro parked at the top of the hill, which rolled down and crashed into the front of the store. In their effort to escape, Mr. Burke and Ms. Corman ran out the back door, where a large industrial woodchipper was being serviced for a malfunctioning safety guard.

Subsequent details are unclear, but apparently Ms. Corman's coat got tangled in the woodchipper's spinning blades, and when Mr. Burke tried to save her, they both fell into the machine.

"I'll never recover from seeing what happened to those two, said a shaken Mr. Norman Goldstein, owner of the hardware store. "And I don't think I'll ever get the side of the building cleaned off."

Mr. Burke and Ms. Corman were the last survivors of the highway pileup on Route 180 three years ago. Several people were prevented from going on the highway by Ms. Corman, who allegedly experienced a premonition that the crash was about to occur. Soon after, however, each of the survivors was killed in a series of odd accidents. This fueled speculation by some that dark forces were at work to make sure they died.

While both Mr. Burke and Ms. Corman were exonerated of any involvement in the deaths, the stigma impacted them severely. Mr. Burke was reduced to a desk job in the sheriff's department while Ms. Corman dropped out of school to pursue "other interests." Their deaths might have signaled the tragic conclusion to the Route 180 Pileup mystery, but several facts surrounding the deaths of Mr. Burke and Ms. Corman seem to ensure that it will be discussed for years to come.

The camaro that rolled into the front of the store used to be owned by Mr. Evan Lewis, one of the other survivors from the Route 180 pileup who had been killed outside his apartment. The woodchipper belonged to Mr. Roger Gibbons, who owns the farm where several of the other survivors of the Route 180 Pileup perished in a strange car accident.

He is also the father of Brian Gibbons, at whose odd death both Mr. Burke and Ms. Corman were present. Finally, the attending physician who signed the death certificate was Dr. Ellen Kalarjian, who delivered a baby whose mother was near, but not involved with, the Route 180 Pileup.

These coincidences were not lost on those close to the victims.

"This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen in twenty seven years on the force," said Sheriff Mortimer Perry, who was Burke's commanding officer. "Thomas was a good man who deserved better than what fate clearly had in store for him."

Ms. Corman's father Michael Corman released a statement which stated "My daughter lived a full life, and in death has hopefully escaped whatever it is that haunted her." Funeral services will be held at the Bludworth Funeral Home this Sunday.

Signs/Clues

  • At the top of the page of the newspaper, there is a heading that says "COST OF COMMUTING | B2-3" which could possibly be referencing the Route 23 pile-up.
  • The car started the chain reaction used to be owned by Evan Lewis.
  • The woodchipper that sucked Thomas and Kimberly in is owned by Brian Gibbons' father
  • When Kimberly's diary is shown it says "Road Trip" but her keys are blocking the T making it say: "ROAD RIP"
  • When Sam and his friends are on their way to the bridge Sam sees a log truck, foreshadowing the pile-up and Thomas death.
  • In the opening credits for Final Destination 5, Logs and his coffe are seen crashing a glass foreshadowing his premonition's death.
  • Burke's police call sign is Unit 13.
  • Ironically, the machine that kills him is a machine that deals with logs and wood.

Mistakes in his death

  • This article is the corrected version. For the mistakes it had see below:
    • Note that the article says Route 180 pile-up, when in the film it was actually Route 23.
    • The article says the event took place at Lakeview, NJ, but in the film it says they were residents of White Plains, NY.
    • There is inconsistency in the timeline of events as described by this article. It says they were both the last survivors of the pile-up that happened three years ago. Kevin specifically said that the Flight 180 premonition happened six years ago, and in Final Destination 2, the pile-up happened on the exact day that marked a year since the Flight 180 premonition. Unless the newspaper article is outdated in the film, as it was covering a homeless man, this creates an error in the timeline.
    • Brian Gibbons's father is named Peter Gibbons, instead of "Roger Gibbons". As Mrs. Gibbons had called him "Peter" in Final Destination 2. Unless Mr Gibbons had changed his first name after Brian's death, this is an error.
    • In Final Destination 4 it was revealead there was another visionary called Pam Smith who died along with Officer Craig Perry in Joe's Hardware store, after she went there for directions, it's exactly the same plot to Kimberly and Thomas death the only difference is that is mentioned how they died while is not mentioned how Pam and Craig died.
    • The pictures of Kim and Thomas shown in the newspaper are of some the promotional pictures of the 2nd film so you can clearly see the outfits they were wearing during the events of the 2nd film.

Theories

  • His and Kimberly's death article could be false for all the mistakes it has.

Appearances

Trivia

  • Although Thomas was not bring back to life like Kimberly, Kimberly was going to commit suicide by drowning herself and then was saved by Thomas and Dr Kallarjian. Like Ian McKinley said to Wendy in the 3rd film if the last one commited suicide then the others one will be safe. So it can be assumed that's the reason he didn't died after Kimberly was bringed back.
  • He is the only survivor to be the officer and interrogate other survivors himself.
  • Kimberly and Thomas' Non-Canon deaths are based from a real life death by Brian Morse who was trimming birch trees in Loveland, Colorado, when his gloved hand got caught in a wood chipper. He was pulled through the machine before anyone could help him, his body was found inside completely mutilated.
  • Thomas alongside Kimberly Corman are the longest surviving characters in the series. The Pile-Up that was meant to kill them happened in 2001 (Sam's flight ticket in FD5 confirms 5 and 1 are set in 2000 and Kimberly states that FD2 is one year later, making it 2001).
  • It is possible Thomas was to have died by the flying gurney in the hospital explosion, killing Clear and Eugene. If Kimberly has pulled him down at the last second, and the gurney passed right over them, exactly where Burke's head would have been.
  • In the script of Final Destination 2, he is described as: early 20's, rookie cop.
  • Burke's death is considered Non-Canon by producers and therefore it might mean that he is still alive
  • In the opening of Final Destination 5, Officer Burke's death in the premonition is referenced by having the drink that spilled distracting him from the road crash into the screen.
  • Kimberly and Thomas' Death are considered Non-Canon to the series


Final Destination 2
Disaster(s)
Route 23
Survivors
Isabella Hudson | Isabella's baby | Kimberly Corman | Evan Lewis | Tim Carpenter | Nora Carpenter | Kat Jennings | Rory Peters | Eugene Dix | Thomas Burke
Casualties
Dano Estevez | Shaina McKlank | Frankie Whitman
Others
Michael Corman | Detective Suby | Nikki | Tawny | Mrs. Jennings | Physician | Clear Rivers | Jean | Dr. Lees | William Bludworth | Skate Punk | Marcus Hudson | Man in Elevator | Deputy Steve Adams | Mr. Carpenter | Man with Hooks | Frank | Mrs. Corman | Peter Gibbons | Mrs. Gibbons | Brian Gibbons | Mrs. Peters | Rescue Worker | Dr. Ellen Kalarjian | Sheriff Mortimer Perry
Locations
White Plains, New York | Stonybrook Institution Psychiatric Treatment Center | Ellis Medical Complex | Bludworth Funeral Homes | Gibbons farm | Lakeview Hospital

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