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Hero Down: Memphis Police Officer Darrell Adams Killed By Semi While Investigating Crash

Memphis, TN – Memphis Police Department (MPD) Officer Darrell Adams died in the line of duty on Oct. 2, when he was struck by a semi-truck while investigating a crash.

The 34-year-old officer and other members of the MPD’s Austin Peay Station were investigating a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 40 near North Watkins at approximately 11:08 a.m. when an 18-wheeler ran into him, the department said in a Facebook post.

Officer Adams suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, WJHL reported.

The driver of the semi-truck was detained, but no charges were immediately filed, according to the MPD.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the ongoing investigation into the deadly crash.

“Today, my heart aches again for the loss of another dedicated servant of our city,” MPD Chief Cerelyn Davis said in the department’s social media post. “I am in deep prayer for our officer’s family and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department.”

Officer Adams joined the MPD in April of 2016.

“We thank him for five years of faithful service to our community,” the department said. “At this time, we ask that you keep his wife, family along with the men and women of the Memphis Police Department in your prayers.”

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his thoughts and prayers are with Officer Adams’ family and the MPD.

“Today serves as another solemn reminder of the risks our officers take each time they put on the uniform in service to others,” Strickland tweeted.

A fundraising campaign established to help Officer Adams’ family in the wake of their loss has raised over $17,000 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Memphis Police Department Officer Darrell Adams, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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