Trooper Walter Orville Thurtell

Trooper Walter Orville Thurtell

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, September 29, 1972

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Walter Orville Thurtell

Trooper Walter Thurtell died in a motorcycle crash while responding to a call for assistance at 8:50 p.m.

Trooper Thurtell was traveling south on U.S. 431 in heavy rain when a vehicle traveling north struck him.

Trooper Thurtell was a United States Korean War Navy veteran and had served with the Kentucky State Police for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 393
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

motorcycle, motorcycle crash, officer assistance, weather

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Trooper Thurtell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 29, 2022

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