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Assistant Commander Kenneth Joseph Starrs | South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, Texas South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, Texas

Assistant Commander

Kenneth Joseph Starrs

South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: 39 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

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Assistant Commander Ken Starrs was killed when his department vehicle was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at a crossing on County Road 2140, near Highway 77, in Kleberg County.

Assistant Commander Starrs was en route to the task force office when the collision occurred at the unprotected crossing.

Assistant Commander Starrs had served with the South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force for over five years. He had previously served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 27 years and the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and sister.

At the time of his death, Assistant Commander Starrs served as the president of the Texas FOP State Lodge.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Commander Willie Vera
South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force
PO Box 213
Kingsville, TX 78364

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Ken was a great man that I enjoyed talking to while at various meetings in different states with the Fraternal Order of Police. I appreciate him offering his cowboy hat as we passed it around the room to collect money for St. Baldrick's. He will be missed. Godspeed Ken!

Detective Jim Adams
Boise Police Department
December 8, 2016

 

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