Chief Deputy Leonard Paul Taylor

Chief Deputy Leonard Paul Taylor

McNairy County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 11, 1959

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Leonard Paul Taylor

Chief Deputy Leonard Taylor and Deputy Sheriff Oran Blasingame were killed in a vehicle crash on US Highway 64, six miles west of Selmer.

Chief Deputy Taylor and Deputy Blasingame were passengers in a vehicle being driven by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent en route to Memphis to interview two juveniles suspected of being in a series of burglaries in the county. Their car struck a logging truck that made a left turn in front of them.

A citizen that they were going to drop off at a Memphis hospital was also killed in the crash.

Chief Deputy Taylor was a WWII veteran and had served with the McNairy County Sheriff's Office for 2 1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

investigation, routine driving, vehicle crash

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Chief Deputy Taylor,
On today, the 60th 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 during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 11, 2019

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