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 James Abel was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call.

Deputy Abel struck a patch of ice on Old Alton Road, left the roadway 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 Department for only three months and was a US 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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Abel's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-6-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

March 6, 2017

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