Trooper, Son of Former Sheriff, Killed In Crash
The Tennessean via YellowBrix
May 08, 2011
DICKSON COUNTY, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Andy Wall, 36, of Dickson, died Saturday after a crash occurred while escorting U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots to an air show, according to a press release from the THP.
Wall, who was on duty, died shortly after being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Wall and Trooper Buddy Head were riding their THP motorcycles just before 2 p.m. on Sam Ridley Parkway in front of Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna when the crash occurred. Head was also injured in the crash. Three other vehicles were involved.
Head was transported to Stonecrest Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries. No civilians were injured in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation and no further information is available for release at this time, according to the THP.
Wall was assigned to the THP Nashville District and worked primarily out of Dickson County with the motorcycle unit. He graduated from the THP Training Academy in 2004. His father, Tom Wall, is former sheriff of Dickson County. Wall leaves his parents, a sister, and girlfriend. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.
“I am saddened by the loss of Trooper Wall. He was a fine state trooper who was dedicated to serving and protecting others. Tonight, the entire THP family mourns his loss,” said Colonel Tracy Trott in the press release.
Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in the press release that the state had lost one of its “finest.”
“I urge Tennesseans to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers,” stated Gibbons.
Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, Thunderbirds commander and leader, stated in the press release that the Thunderbirds team was saddened by Wall’s death.
“We hold a deep respect and appreciation for local law enforcement professionals, and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Wall’s family and his fellow state troopers,” Cunningham said.
Visit Trooper Wall’s Memorial on ODMP.org