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 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

water rescue, weather

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Trooper McNeely,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Kentucky. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 8, 2022

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