Deputy Sheriff Arvin E. Kays

Deputy Sheriff Arvin E. Kays

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, May 26, 1990

Add to My Heroes

Arvin E. Kays

Deputy Sheriff Arvin Kays succumbed to injuries sustained on July 14th, 1968, when his vehicle was struck at a high rate of speed at 38th Street and Georgetown Road at 7:15 pm.

As Deputy Kays turned left onto Georgetown Road, a speeding car entered the intersection when the light changed. The vehicle hit the right front of Deputy Kays' patrol car and spun it head first into a concrete wall. After hitting the Deputy's vehicle, the car knocked down the traffic signal. The driver had skidded 216 feet in an effort to stop at the intersection. The youth driver was treated at the scene and released.

Deputy Kays was rushed to Marion County General Hospital, where he underwent surgery for head and internal injuries. Later he was transferred to Methodist Hospital, where he stayed in a coma due to critical brain damage. He succumbed to his injuries 21 years later.

Deputy Kays was a United States Navy veteran who had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for three years, assigned to the warrant division. He is survived by his mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, and grandchild.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Warrants
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 14, 1968

automobile accident, juvenile, vehicle crash

Most Recent Reflection

View all 1 Reflections

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 14, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.