William T Kinney

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 10, 1942

Biographical Info

Age: 41

Tour of Duty: 15 years

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Date of Incident: February 10, 1942

Incident Location: Jackson Street and Main Street

Weapon Used: Vehicle

Case Status: Closed

Thomas W Kinney


Patrolman William Kinney succumbed to injuries sustained while directing traffic at the scene of a fire.

Patrolman Kinney and Patrolman James Hedgepeth were struck by a drunk driver at 7:15 pm, while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire. While on the scene, a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down but instead the man drove over him, dragging him 70 feet and over a fire hose. Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle, striking and dragging him 100 feet.

Both officers were taken to City Hospital where Patrolman Kinney never regained consciousness. Patrolman Hedgepeth succumbed to his injuries two (2) days after the incident.

The driver of the vehicle was charged with two (2) counts of manslaughter, two (2) counts of assault and battery, driving while intoxicated, and driving with defective brakes. On April 16, 1942, the driver was sentenced to five (5) years in prison and given a $9 and $19 sentence to pay for drunken driving.

Patrolman Kinney served with the Louisville Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his mother, son, daughter, two (2) brothers and five (5) sisters. 

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