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In Memoriam: Line of Duty Deaths

 

Reserve Deputy Tracy Lee Miles

End of Watch: May 28, 1999

Age: 40
Tour of duty: 15 years
Badge number: 41-126

Cause of death: Struck by vehicle
Date of incident: May 28, 1999
Weapon used: N/A

Reserve Deputy Miles was killed after being struck by a camper van while talking to a driver on the side of I-65. Deputy Miles was patrolling the highway and stopped to place a police removal notice on an abandoned vehicle. On his return patrol he noticed the driver of the abandoned vehicle attaching a tow rope to it. He stopped again, asked the driver for identification, and was standing next to the door of the vehicle when the camper van struck him. As the vehicle approached Deputy Miles was able to push the driver out of the way, saving his life and causing him to receive only a broken leg. The impact threw him 126 feet down the roadway and he received multiple internal injuries. The driver of the van stopped immediately and offered his assistance. Reserve Deputy Miles had been an unpaid, volunteer deputy with the agency for twelve years.


 

Deputy Ova Earl Vaughn

End of Watch: June 28, 1938

Age: 46
Tour of duty: 1 year
Badge number: Unknown

Cause of death: Electrocuted
Date of incident: June 28, 1938
Weapon used: N/A

Deputy Vaughn was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live utility line while directing traffic at an accident scene. Deputy Vaughn had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and child.


 
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