Trooper Jason Eric Beal

Trooper Jason Eric Beal

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 15, 2000

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Jason Eric Beal

Trooper Jason Beal died three days after being struck by a vehicle while assisting a tow truck driver who was removing a vehicle from a ditch on State Road 14 in Kosciusko County.

The incident occurred when another vehicle entered the area and attempted to slow down, but the driver lost control of the vehicle in the icy conditions. The vehicle struck the tow truck and then Trooper Beal, causing severe internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained for three days and passed away shortly after being taken off life support, one day before his 25th birthday.

Trooper Beal had served with the Indiana State Police for 13 months and was assigned to the Bremen post. He had previously served as a jailer for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and as a reserve police officer for the Shelbyville Police Department. Trooper Beal was survived by his wife and a son who was born five months after his death, his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and three nephews. In 2010, a section of State Road 14 in southeastern Kosciusko County was dedicated the Jason E. Beal Memorial Highway in his honor.

Trooper Beal was the third of three troopers in 10 months to be killed in the line of duty from the 56th ISP Recruit Academy which graduated in December 1998.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge 710

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 12, 2000

accident scene

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It's happening today. Cody and I are packing up the car and moving him to college. I cried this morning, not tears of sadness, but tears of joy and relief. When you died over 19 years ago, you left a scared 21 year old, pregnant girl. I questioned if I could raise our child. I questioned if I could continue breathing without you. This day seemed impossible. Today, I thank God that He helped me every step of the way. He sent wonderful people into our lives to help us during our journey. He was there even through my fierce anger towards Him. Today, our baby is now a young man beginning the journey of life on his own. He has great mentors and peers who know exactly what it is like to overcome the loss of a parent in the line of duty. I am so proud of who he has become. I have no doubt that you are too. Continue to watch over us and send your love. We feel it daily.

Your wife,

August 12, 2019

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