Trooper James Willard McNeely

Photo of Trooper James Willard McNeely
End of Watch: Sat, Apr 8th, 1972
Date of Incident: Sat, Apr 8th, 1972
Cause of Death: Drowning (Accidental)
Service Time: 16 years
Age: 37


His wife and two daughters: Tena - 11 and Katrina - 3.


While on a flood rescue mission, Trooper McNeely and KSP Water Patrol Officer David Childs drowned after their boat was swept over the dam at Lock 4 in Frankfort. The two canoeist that they were searching for were later found safe. Trooper McNeely’s body was never found.


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