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Trooper William Joseph Trees | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper

William Joseph Trees

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, June 26, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years, 9 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Never apprehended

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Trooper William Trees was killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit on State Road 64 east of Francisco in Gibson County.

As Trooper Trees was assisting the Francisco town marshal with speeding vehicles, he began chasing a violator when his patrol car struck an oncoming semitrailer head-on. The fleeing vehicle was never found.

Trooper Trees had served with the Indiana State Police for nearly four years and was assigned to the Evansville post. He was a member of the US Naval Reserves during the Vietnam War. Trooper Trees was survived by his wife, son born six months after his death and 18-month-old daughter.

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I have driven across Joe Trees Bridge in Pike county 16 times and always reflect on Joe as the bridge is dedicated to his memory. He gave his life so the rest of us can be safe! Thanks Joe!!!

Mike McCullough
Ivy Tech Instructor at IPL power plant
July 19, 2016

 

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