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National Police Week 2006
(May 15, 2006)

National Police Week 2006

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office recognizes National Police Week: May 15, 2006 through May 19, 2006. The annual event begins with the 25th Annual National Peace Officer's Memorial Day Service on Monday May 15, 2006 at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, D.C. Johnson County has unfortunately lost two heroes in the line of duty: Deputy Ova Earl Vaughn (End of Watch June 28, 1938) and Reserve Deputy Tracy Miles (End of Watch May 28, 1999). The Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies all across the nation in lowering our flag to half staff on Monday May 15, 2006 in honor of all fallen law enforcement heroes. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are especially with the families of these brave men during this special week of reflection and remembrance.


In Memoriam: Line of Duty Deaths

Reserve Deputy Tracy Lee Miles

End of Watch: May 28, 1999

Age: 40
Tour of duty: 15 years
Badge number: 41-126

Cause of death: Struck by vehicle
Date of incident: May 28, 1999
Weapon used: N/A

Reserve Deputy Miles was killed after being struck by a camper van while talking to a driver on the side of I-65. Deputy Miles was patrolling the highway and stopped to place a police removal notice on an abandoned vehicle. On his return patrol he noticed the driver of the abandoned vehicle attaching a tow rope to it. He stopped again, asked the driver for identification, and was standing next to the door of the vehicle when the camper van struck him. As the vehicle approached Deputy Miles was able to push the driver out of the way, saving his life and causing him to receive only a broken leg. The impact threw him 126 feet down the roadway and he received multiple internal injuries. The driver of the van stopped immediately and offered his assistance. Reserve Deputy Miles had been an unpaid, volunteer deputy with the agency for twelve years.

Deputy Ova Earl Vaughn

End of Watch: June 28, 1938

Age: 46
Tour of duty: 1 year
Badge number: Unknown

Cause of death: Electrocuted
Date of incident: June 28, 1938
Weapon used: N/A

Deputy Vaughn was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live utility line while directing traffic at an accident scene. Deputy Vaughn had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and child.

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