Sheriff’s office continues tradition of honoring fallen Deputy Neil Thompson


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From the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 21, 2021: “Precisely at 10 a.m. (Tuesday) morning, LCSO personnel gathered at the New Carlisle Cemetery gravesite of Neil G. Thompson to remember his death and honor his life. The annual tradition continues to keep the memories of Neil alive and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice paid by him that Sunday morning, 41 years ago today.”

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 La Porte 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.

One Response to “Sheriff’s office continues tradition of honoring fallen Deputy Neil Thompson”

  1. Terry Scherer

    Sep 22. 2021

    I’m sorry I couldn’t make it out to the graveside yesterday.
    Neil was not just a good officer but he was a good man. When I was a police officer at Westville, he would stop and have coffee with me. I had joined LaPorte City Police Department when he was killed. I’m glad to see that the Sheriff’s Department continues to honor his service and memory.

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