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Ricky A. LaFollette

End of Tour: Thursday, August 18, 1983Ricky A. LaFollette
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Not available
Age: 30
Incident Date: Thursday, August 18, 1983
Incident Location: Kentucky Lake
Cause of Death: Drowning
Suspect Name: Not available or applicable
Weapon Involved: Not available or applicable
Case Status: Closed


Officer Ricky A. LaFollette drowned August 18, 1983, while training with the Department Scuba Team.

Officer LaFollette was participating in a training exercise at KY lake. The dive was in total darkness utilizing new underwater communications gear.

Officer LaFollette failed to surface when his air supply was low and did not respond to radio communications. He was found later at a depth of 100 ft. It is believed he went down in the darkness instead of up and drowned.

Louisville Division of Police