Reserve Deputy Tracy Lee Miles

Reserve Deputy Tracy Lee Miles

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, May 28, 1999

Tracy Lee Miles

Reserve Deputy Tracy Miles was killed after being struck by a camper van while talking to a driver on the side of Interstate 65.

Reserve Deputy Miles was patrolling the highway and stopped to place a police removal notice on an abandoned vehicle. On his return patrol he noticed the driver of the abandoned vehicle attaching a tow rope to it. He stopped again, asked the driver for identification, and was standing next to the door of the vehicle when the camper van struck him. As the vehicle approached Reserve Deputy Miles was able to push the driver out of the way, saving his life and causing him to suffer only a broken leg. The impact threw him 126 feet down the roadway and he suffered multiple internal injuries. The driver of the van stopped immediately and offered his assistance.

Reserve Deputy Miles had been an unpaid, volunteer deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for 15 years.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 41-126

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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I noticed the cross on the side of the highway today. My thoughts and prayers tonight for Reserve Deputy Miles. I was a reserve officer many years ago during college in my home town in Minnesota. God bless him.

Bob Heales, Executive Director
World Association of Detectives

July 21, 2015

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