Trooper James Willard McNeely

Trooper James Willard McNeely

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 1972

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James Willard McNeely

Trooper James McNeely and Patrol Officer David Childs, of the Kentucky Water Patrol, drowned while participating in a flood rescue mission in Franklin County, Kentucky.

They were searching for two missing juveniles when their boat went over a Dam 4.

Trooper McNeely had served with the Kentucky State Police for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 297

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Rest in peace Trooper McNeely.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2019

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