Trooper Simmie L. Jeffries

Trooper Simmie L. Jeffries

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, December 21, 1984

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Simmie L. Jeffries

Trooper Semmie Jeffries was killed in an accident when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer at the interchange of U.S. 72 and I-65.

Trooper Jefferies was pursuing a suspect when a trailer attempted to turn onto U.S. 72.

Trooper Jeffries had served with the Alabama Department of Public Safety and served with the Decatur trooper post for almost two years. He was survived by his daughter.

In 2014, the U.S. 72 bridge over Interstate 65 was named State Trooper Simmie Jefferies Memorial Bridge in honor of Trooper Simmie Jeffries.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

accident, vehicle pursuit

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I am not familiar with you or your family. I live in Athens and have seen the bridge named after you, on millions of occasions. Since I have gotten older and prefer researching and learning more than I do social media, I decided to look you up a little over two years ago. I have visited your page plenty of times and see the sweet things your daughter says to you. It's amazing how much of an impact you had on her in a short time. I have a daughter and I hope to make her proud of me, just like your daughter is of you. You seem like a great man, all around. Thank you sir, for your bravery and service here in athens, and may your legacy live long. Hopefully your story will get out, one day, to the ones that are not familiar with it. RIH

Mario Turner
Athens resident

January 8, 2023

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