Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV

Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 2019

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John Ralph Anderson, IV

Police Officer John Anderson was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Woodland Street and Interstate Drive.

The vehicle that struck him had just fled from other officers who attempted to make a traffic stop on it. The officer terminated the stop when the vehicle fled and did not pursue it. Officer Anderson was en route to assist on an unrelated call involving a pedestrian on the interstate when the fleeing vehicle ran a red light and struck his patrol car.

Officer Anderson's patrol car became engulfed in flames. The passenger in the fleeing vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries. The juvenile driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was charged with vehicular homicide.

Officer Anderson was a U.S Marine Corps Reserve veteran and had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for four years and was assigned to the Central Precinct.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, routine driving

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Who hurts the worst when Daddy goes to work.
Is it mother as she prepares dinner for the kids and hopes there's not a knock upon the door.

Is it Daddy as he drives his patrol car from call to call and he wonders will I make it home today.

But the child carries the largest burden he prays to God up above dear Lord look over daddy tonight in his 8 hour shift as he sees things no human should ever have to bear can I ask Lord to help carry the burden of mother should ever a knock come up on the door.
Dear Lord I have a baseball game on Saturday and I play soccer on Sunday after church.
Will daddy ever get the time to watch me perform as he's worried about his training officer who is not well at this time.
Please watch over Daddy as I praise your name our father in heaven please answer me not in vain that my father your son can stay here with me for a while in your name I pray.

But this time the child's prayer was not to be the same as he heard it.
The morning time a knock upon the door with the saddest news a police officer's family can receive and he cried out loud oh Lord ( HOW FAR IS HEAVEN WHEN DO I GET TO GO TO SAY GOODBYE DADDY ) see my daddy on his's one last show I must carry Mama's hand now and be her little man because my daddy's WATCH is now carried by other officers throughout this great land. GOD BLESS THE M.N.P.D.
And officer Anderson family.

By T. Fisher
St Petersburg FL

Nashville citizen Tracy Fisher
Nashville citizen

December 20, 2019

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