First Sergeant Karl Eugene Kelley

First Sergeant Karl Eugene Kelley

Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, April 17, 1998

Karl Eugene Kelley

First Sergeant Karl Kelley died from injuries suffered the day before during a training exercise on the East Fork of the White River at the Williams Dam in Lawrence County.

A boat containing two other conservation officers had overturned in turbulent waters and when First Sergeant Kelley and another conservation officer attempted a rescue, their boat capsized as well. First Sergeant Kelley was rescued after being submerged for 15 minutes and survived for 24 hours before succumbing to his injuries at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

First Sergeant Kelley had served with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for 28 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, two stepsons, parents, brother, sister, four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 16, 1998

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17 years ago today we lost a hero that gave his life to save others. You Will Never be forgotten F/Sgt.

Indiana Conservation Officer
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

April 17, 2015

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