Trooper William Joseph Trees

Trooper William Joseph Trees

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, June 26, 1972

William Joseph Trees

Trooper William Trees was killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit on State Road 64 east of Francisco in Gibson County.

As Trooper Trees was assisting the Francisco town marshal with speeding vehicles, he began chasing a violator when his patrol car struck an oncoming semitrailer head-on. The fleeing vehicle was never found.

Trooper Trees had served with the Indiana State Police for nearly four years and was assigned to the Evansville post. He was a member of the US Naval Reserves during the Vietnam War. Trooper Trees was survived by his wife, son born six months after his death and 18-month-old daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

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I have driven across Joe Trees Bridge in Pike county 16 times and always reflect on Joe as the bridge is dedicated to his memory. He gave his life so the rest of us can be safe! Thanks Joe!!!

Mike McCullough
Ivy Tech Instructor at IPL power plant

July 19, 2016

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