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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Indiana

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I am John Kennedy's grandson, I am 18 years old now. I was born in May of 1993, he was killed in July of 1993. I never got to meet my papa but I feel like I know him in some way. I wish he could have lived to see me grow up. My grandmother says that when I was born she had never seen him so happy. So thank you papa for your service and sacrifice, I love you. See you soon

Justin Wadsworth

February 9, 2012

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