Deputy Sheriff
Paul H. Prater
Jay County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, January 4, 1983

Age: 28
Served: 3 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 46E, Line 3
Panel L32, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, January 4, 1983
06:25 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 67 near County Road 150
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:
Burial Location:
Salamonia Cemetery, Salamonia

   Deputy Paul Prater was killed when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop northeast of Redkey.

   He had stopped a van for speeding and as he stood by the driver's side of the van, a northbound vehicle struck him, killing him instantly.

   The 87-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Deputy Prater was charged with reckless homicide.

   Deputy Prater was survived by his wife and two children.