"Gone But Not Forgotten...You Will Be Remembered"
We dedicate these pages to all of the Tennessee Highway Patrol members who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Trooper Charles Hash
April 11, 1930
Trooper Charles Hash was the first Tennessee Highway Patrol member to lose his life in the line of duty. Trooper Hash was injured while operating a motorcycle. He was thrown from his motorcycle after being struck by a car. He passed away 8 days later at a Memphis hospital at the age of 32.
Trooper Walter Jones
July 31, 1933
Trooper Walter Jones lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Nashville.
Trooper Lee Lovelace
February 3, 1934
Trooper Lee Lovelace lost his life after a motorcycle accident.
Trooper Clovis Cole
May 2, 1934
Trooper Clovis Cole lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Union City.
Trooper Ed Kennedy
August 22, 1934
Trooper Ed Kennedy lost his life in an automobile accident while traveling on Highway 70 in Crab Orchard.
Trooper Lindsey Smith
December 17, 1934
Trooper Lindsey Smith was shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Tullahoma. The suspect shot another responding officer from the Tullahoma Police department before fleeing to a church. A second Tullahoma officer was also shot while searching the church for the suspect, and Trooper Smith was shot twice as the suspect came around the corner of the church. All three officers lost their lives as a result of the gunshot wounds they received.
Trooper Earl Hicks
Trooper Earl Hicks lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Knox County.
Trooper Paul Summers
August 8, 1936
Trooper Paul Summers lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Nashville.
Trooper Carl Hickman
September 15, 1937
Trooper Carl Hickman lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Athens.
Trooper Lewis R. Boone
October 18, 1938
Trooper Lewis R. Boone lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Pigeon Forge.
Trooper Charles Gearhiser
November 12, 1938
Trooper Charles Gearhiser lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Dyer County.
Trooper William Howard James
September 14, 1942
Trooper William Howard James lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Murfreesboro.
Trooper James Williams
January 1, 1943
Trooper James Williams lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Murfreesboro.
Trooper William H. Crutcher
August 3, 1944
Trooper William H. Crutcher lost his life while operating a motorcycle in Bordeaux.
Staff Sergeant Fred Cole Waldrop
April 1, 1950
Staff Sergeant Fred Waldop lost his life in an automobile accident in Goodlettsville.
Sergeant Oliver Devard Williamson
April 6, 1952
Sergeant Oliver Williamson lost his life helping residents during a tornado in Brownsville.
Trooper Oscar Newton Morris
May 9, 1956
Trooper Oscar Morris lost his life after being struck by a drunk driver while assisting another motorist.
Trooper Raymond Hendon
June 3, 1957
Trooper Raymond Hendon lost his life in an automobile accident in Smyrna. He was in the process of transporting blood to a needy recipient.
Trooper Edward C. Jowers
August 3, 1962
Trooper Edward C. Jowers lost his life in an automobile accident in Memphis.
Trooper Kenneth Moore
February 2, 1964
Trooper Kenneth Moore lost his life after suffering a heart attack.
Trooper Joseph Emanuel Dillard
September 15, 1964
Trooper Joseph Dillard lost his life in an automobile accident in Medina.
Trooper William Gordon Barnes
January 22, 1966
Trooper William Barnes lost his life in an automobile accident.
Trooper Michael Theodore Dafferner
April 6, 1966
Trooper Michael Dafferner lost his life in an automobile accident.
Lieutenant Samual Gibbs
August 27, 1966
Lieutenant Samual Gibbs lost his life while arresting a suspect. During the arrest, the suspect grabbed Lieutenant Gibbs' gun and shot him with it.
Trooper Eugene Brakebill
October 9, 1966
Trooper Eugene Brakebill lost his life after suffering a heart attack in pursuit of a suspect.
Trooper Roy Alford Mynatt
February 11, 1968
Trooper Roy Mynatt lost his life in an automobile accident. Trooper Mynatt lost control of his car. He then struck a car in oncoming traffic.
Trooper C.B. Martin
January 22, 1969
Trooper C. B. Martin lost his life in an automobile accident in Sparta.
Trooper Samuel F. Holcomb, Jr.
March 27, 1988
Trooper Samuel Holcomb, Jr. lost his life after being struck by a vehicle as he was making a traffic stop. Trooper Holcomb was exiting his car on I-40 in Dickson County when he was struck from behind.
Officer Michael L. Rector
May 31, 1990
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Officer Michael Rector lost his life after being shot during an undercover operation.
Trooper Douglas W. Tripp
May 19, 1991
Trooper Douglas Tripp lost his life after being shot multiple times while sitting in his car.
Trooper George Holcomb
January 26, 1992
Trooper George V. Holcomb lost his life after being hit by a tractor trailer. He was on the scene of another accident when the tractor trailer lost control and struck another vehicle which in turn struck Trooper Holcomb.
Sergeant James David Perry
October 3, 1999
Sergeant James Perry lost his life after suffering a heart attack while searching for a suspect.
Trooper Bobby J. Maples
November 5, 1999
Trooper Bobby Maples lost his life after suffering a heart attack while assisting a motorist.
Trooper Lynn McCarthy Ross
July 26, 2000
Trooper Lynn Ross lost his life after his car was hit by a tractor trailer while working in a construction zone.
Trooper John G. Mann
January 1, 2001
Trooper John Mann lost his life after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to arrest a suspect after a foot pursuit.
Trooper John Robert Davis
March 17, 2001
Trooper John R. Davis lost his life after he lost control of his vehicle and slid into a creek.
Trooper Todd Michael Larkins
July 8, 2005
Trooper Todd M. Larkins lost his life after being struck by a tractor trailer as he was making a traffic stop. Trooper Larkins had initiated a traffic stop on I-40 and had exited his marked vehicle shortly before the crash.
Trooper Calvin W. Jenks
January 6, 2007
Trooper Calvin W. Jenks lost his life after being shot during a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 54. Trooper Jenks asked the vehicle occupants if there were drugs in the car at which time they opened fire, striking him in the head and once in the body.
Trooper Andy Wall
May 7, 2011
Trooper Wall and Trooper Buddy Head were riding their THP motorcycles and escorting the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots to an air show. A crash occurred involving three vehicles and the two state troopers.
Trooper Joe Snipes
September 1, 2011
Trooper Snipes was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident in Bradley County. Trooper Snipes died just before 5 p.m. when he lost control of his bike on Pleasant Grove Road. His wife was also injured in the crash.
Trooper Ronnie Hale
July 6, 2012
Trooper Hale died while on duty in the Cookeville District. Trooper Ronnie Hale was stationed in White County when he suffered a heart attack. Trooper Hale died while being transported to the hospital by emergency medical personnel.
Trooper Michael Slagle
January 25, 2013
Trooper Slagle passed away from what appears to have been natural causes after he crashed on Longmeyer Road in Knox County. He was discovered unresponsive and was unable to be revived at the scene.
Sergeant Brian Boshears
April 22, 2013
Sergeant Boshears passed away from complications of pneumonia.
Sergeant Joshua Mabe
June 6, 2015
Sgt. Mabe was killed in an off-duty farming accident at his home in Hancock County.