Fellow officers, family and friends remember LaPorte County Patrolman Neil Thompson on anniversary of his death

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Patrolman Neil Thompson

More than 30 members of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, as well as retired officers and friends, gathered at Patrolman Neil Thompson’s grave Sept. 21, 2017, at New Carlisle Cemetery.

They came to honor Thompson on the 37th anniversary of his death in a ceremony that has become an annual tradition.

Thompson was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 1980, when a suspect fleeing other officers in a stolen ambulance intentionally rammed his patrol car. Thompson had pulled his marked squad car well off the road to avoid the oncoming speeding ambulance. The driver swerved off the roadway and struck his patrol car. The suspect was subsequently convicted of manslaughter.

Thompson had served with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department for three years and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and parents.

In 2002, Ind. 39 from U.S. 6 to U.S. 30 in LaPorte County was dedicated as the Neil G. Thompson Memorial Highway.

It has become a tradition to meet at Neil’s grave on Sept. 21, offer a prayer and share memories of him. This year as always, wonderful memories were shared and funny stories were told as those gathered laughed and shed a few tears.

From the sheriff’s office: “It is our mission to never forget the sacrifice made by Patrolman Thompson while protecting LaPorte County’s citizens.”

One Response to “Fellow officers, family and friends remember LaPorte County Patrolman Neil Thompson on anniversary of his death”

  1. Linda L. Shortt

    Sep 22. 2017

    I can still remember Officer Thompson coming to our aid not long before he was killed.
    He was a very kind, caring person.
    We think of him often.

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