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Captain James E. Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Indiana


James E. "Jim" Baugh

Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 32 years

Badge # 67-6

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile accident

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Captain James Baugh was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a minor traffic accident at 4:30 pm.

The officer lost control of his patrol car on U.S. 231 and overturned into Big Walnut Creek, trapping him inside for over 15 minutes. He was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died five hours later.

Captain Baugh had served with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department for 32 years and had previously served as sheriff. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Captain Baugh was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and four sisters.

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It was a privilege to know this great man. I was a member of a local fire department and worked in the county's 911 center as a dispatcher. It is with immense honor to ow my head in memory of him and how he served not only the county but our country as well. RIP Captain Baugh

Retired Firefighter/Michael Long
January 2, 2015


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