Deputy Sheriff Paul H. Prater

Deputy Sheriff Paul H. Prater

Jay County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, January 4, 1983

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Paul H. Prater

Deputy Sheriff Paul Prater was killed when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop on Indiana 671, near County Road 150 north of Redkey.

He had stopped a van for speeding and as he stood by the driver's side of the van, a northbound vehicle struck him, killing him instantly. The driver was charged with reckless homicide.

Deputy Prater had served with the Jay County Sheriff's Office for 3½ years. He was survived by his wife, two children, mother, and four siblings.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 385

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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So tragic, Prayers for your young family. We too lost our loved one, way too soon to being struck by a car, driven by a distracted driver. Heaven has gained another Angel.

Hero's Live Forever in our Hearts....

Deputy Sarah Jones, I am sure awaited you over that "Thin Blue Line"...EOW 10-19-08

Connie Jones
Survivor in law

January 4, 2019

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