Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Turnkey Joe R. Tuggle

Whitley County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, October 29, 1940

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Reflections for Turnkey Joe R. Tuggle

Mr. Tuggle,
On today the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whitley County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 29, 2020

I am the great great grandson of Turnkey and his legacy has lived as my grandfather, father, and I all chose a career in law enforcement. It was moving to go to the Law Enforcement Memorial and see his name along so many others who have given their lives to keep our communities safe. Joe Tuggle was also survived by his son, Arthur.

Detective Matt Tuggle
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

May 20, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 28, 2014

My name is Robert Elliott, I'm the Grandson of William "Wild Bill" Elliott that shot Turnkey Joe. I want to offer my condolences on behalf of my family and thank Joe Tuggle for his service to Whitley County. May he be memorialized from hence day forth. He was an honorable man.

Kin of Shooter Robert Elliott
Grandson of Shooter

December 2, 2012

Dear LJT,
I read you're the great, great grandfather of Turnkey Joe Tuggle. Is there a chance I could talk with you for an interview. I'm doing a story on Turnkey Joe and where he's being honored in Washington in May at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Please contact me this afternoon, if you're interested and it's possible. Warmest regards.

Jeff Noble
Reporter and Writer, The Times-Tribune, Corbin, KY

February 2, 2012

Wow I was suprised to see this from 1940, the internet is great! RIP JOE

Great Great Grandfather

July 21, 2011

RIP my Brother

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

July 26, 2010

Mr. Tuggle,
Sir, It has taken nearly 70 years, but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whitley County. There is tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a corrections/detention officer.



July 26, 2010

Rest in peace my brother.

Gilbert Daniel

July 23, 2010

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