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Patrolman Neil G. Thompson | LaPorte County Police Department, Indiana LaPorte County Police Department, Indiana


Neil G. Thompson

LaPorte County Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, September 21, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 28

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Patrolman Neil Thompson was killed when a suspect fleeing other officers in a stolen ambulance intentionally rammed his patrol car.

Patrolman Thompson had pulled his marked squad car well off the travel portion of the roadway to avoid the oncoming speeding ambulance. The driver swerved off the roadway and intentionally struck the officer's stopped patrol car. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter.

Patrolman Thompson had served with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department for three years and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and parents. In 2002, State Road 39 from U.S. 6 to U.S. 30 in LaPorte County was dedicated the Neil G. Thompson Memorial Highway in his honor.

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The police officer stood and faced his Maker, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining brightly as his brass. “Step forward now, police officer how shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To your Maker, have you been true?” The police officer, with squared shoulders, said “No sir, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a saint. I’ve had to work most Sunday’s and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I’ve been violent, because the streets are tough. But I never took a penny, that wasn’t mine to keep. Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep. And I never passed by a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear, and sometimes, please forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fears. But if you have a place for me here, well…it need not be too grand. I never expected or had too much so if you don’t…I’ll understand.” There was silence all around the room where the saints respectfully stood. As the police officer waited quietly for the judgment…bad or good. “Step forward now, police officer, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in hell.”

John Gazarkiewicz (Civilian)
N/A La Porte County, IN Resident
May 15, 2014


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