Deputy Sheriff John Henry Kennedy, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff John Henry Kennedy, Jr.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 14, 1993

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John Henry Kennedy, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff John Kennedy and Deputy Sheriff James Judd were killed in an automobile accident while transporting a prisoner from Saginaw, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama.

The accident occurred on I-69 near Auburn, Indiana, as their unmarked car was traveling southbound and struck a construction barrier. Their vehicle then went out of control, crashed into an embankment before going into a stream of the east side of the highway, killing both deputies instantly.

The prisoner had been charged with drug possession and was thrown from the vehicle in the accident but survived.

Deputy Kennedy had served with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for 21 years and was a veteran of the US Coast Guard and Army National Guard. He was survived by his wife, two sons and a sister.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Indiana

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