IRON COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Alan Ainley, a retired deputy who served in Jefferson County for over two decades, has been identified as the victim killed by a falling tree Tuesday night in Iron County.

Ainley, 64, was killed in a vehicle while riding as a passenger after a tree fell on the vehicle near Glover on Tuesday night.


According to reports, Ainley was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle operated by a 56-year-old Fenton woman, when a tree fell on the vehicle on Highway 21 near Glover around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman driver suffered minor injuries.

Ainley was killed.

Wednesday morning, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shared a message mourning his passing:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Retired Deputy Kirk Ainley. Dep. Ainley served our department from 9/15/1987 until his retirement 5/22/2012. Dep. Ainley died in a vehicle crash last night. R.I.P. Deputy.”

The vehicle was a total loss.


Geo quick facts: Iron County is a county located in the Lead Belt region in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,630. The largest city and county seat is Ironton. Iron County was officially organized on February 17, 1857, and was named after the abundance of iron ore found within its borders – Wikipedia.