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Park Ranger James Marvin Wallen, Jr. | Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department, Tennessee Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department, Tennessee

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James Marvin Wallen, Jr.

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 6/3/1989

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Park Ranger Jimmy Wallen succumbed to injuries sustained on June 3rd, 1989, when the patrol car he and his partner were in was struck by another vehicle on Amnicola Highway as they exited Hamilton County Riverpark.

Rescue personnel resuscitated him at the scene before transporting him to a local hospital. He suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash and remained in nursing care until passing away from complications of the original injuries on October 25th, 2015.

Ranger Wallen had served with the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department for only fives months at the time of the crash. He is survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two brothers.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when James died.

To the Wallen family, fellow officers, and all who call James beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Ranger Wallen gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 25, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 24, 2016


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