Deputy Sheriff James Robert Abel

Deputy Sheriff James Robert Abel

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 30, 1976

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James Robert Abel

Deputy Sheriff James Abel was killed in an automobile crash while responding to an officer needs assistance call.

His vehicle struck a patch of ice on Chain of Rocks Road, near Maryville Road, and struck a utility pole. His patrol car caught fire as a result of the impact and Deputy Abel was killed.

Deputy Abel had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Office for only three months and was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren, and parents.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Abel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2019

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