Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 months
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident
Deputy James Abel was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call.
Deputy Abel struck a patch of ice on Old Alton Road, left the roadway and struck a utility pole. His patrol car caught fire as a result of the impact and Deputy Abel was killed.
Deputy Abel had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Department for only three months and was a US Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and parents.