Patrolman Thomas W. Kinney

Patrolman Thomas W. Kinney

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, February 10, 1942

Thomas W. Kinney

Patrolman Kinney and Patrolman James Hedgepeth were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 1915 hours while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire. While on the scene a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down but instead the man drove over him, dragging him over a fire hose and down the street.
Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle also struck and killed Patrolman Kinney. Patrolman Hedgepeth succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Patrolman Hedgepeth had been with the agency for 16 years.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Kinney,
On today, the 76th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you and to your fellow Patrolman who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

February 10, 2018

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