Patrolman Jimmy Ray McKiven

Patrolman Jimmy Ray McKiven

Gadsden Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, September 16, 1983

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Jimmy Ray McKiven

Patrolman Jimmy McKiven was killed in a motorcycle crash when his police motorcycle was struck by another car at Third Street and Walnut Street.

At 7:15 p.m., the driver made an illegal left turn and hit Patrolman McKiven. He was transported to the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital where he died. The driver that caused the crash was charged with homicide by vehicle but was acquitted due to a legal error made by the prosecutor.

Patrolman McKiven was a United States Navy Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Gadsden Police Department for 10 years. He had been called "Super Cop" by local teens. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motor officer, motorcycle crash, routine driving

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Patrolman McKiven,
On today the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish t extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 16, 2023

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