Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 28 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/16/1998
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.