Tactical Response's James Yeager passes away after battle with ALS

Eve Edwards September 5, 2022
Tactical Response's James Yeager passes away after battle with ALS

James Yeager, known for his work with firearms training company Tactical Response, has passed away.

Yeager’s death was confirmed on September 2, 2022, with tributes paid online to the late firearms trainer, media personality, and former law enforcement officer.

During the past few months, James Yeager’s health had declined due to a condition he had openly spoken about.

What happened to James Yeagar?

Screenshot from James Yeager YouTube, ‘.40 STILL Sucks!’

A fan posted a tribute video on TikTok to James. In the comments, they confirmed what happened to him.

Six months ago, Yeager was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and his condition rapidly deteriorated. “He lost upper body strength and his voice started going next, then his breathing got worse to the point he was having breathing trouble,” the fan stated in the comments.

They also explained James stopped making YouTube videos because he lost his voice.

Yeager confirmed he was suffering from ALS on YouTube and updated Tactical Response followers in a video posted June 3, 2022 entitled ALS Update And FUNdraiser.

James Yeager’s career working with firearms

James Yeager started out as a firearms trainer in 1994 and began teaching commercially two years later, the same year Tactical Response was formed. Yeager was a certificated expert witness for firearms, tactical training, and use of force. Over the years, Yeager has taught in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Central America, South America, Africa, and Ukraine.

Prior to working as a firearms trainer, and during his work with Tactical Response, Yeager worked in various roles in law enforcement. From January 1992 to May 1996, he worked with various drug task force units and narcotics squads including the 24th Drug Task Force, 23rd DTF, 27th DTF, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

From May 1996 to September 1998, Yeager worked for the Big Sandy Police Department as a patrolman and K-9 handler. He was asked in October 1998 to become Big Sandy’s chief of police. Yeager held the role until May 2000, when he moved to Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Other roles Yeager held included being vice-president of a multimillion-dollar tactical gear company until June 2004 as well as a firearms and tactics instructor with Camden Police Department.

James Yeager was an FBI certificated firearms Instructor.

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James also had a career working in TV

Yeager also worked in television and produced videos on YouTube. His YouTube channel, which he launched in 2017, had more than 148,000 subscribers as of publication date.

Yeager featured on the first season of SWAT Magazine TV in January 2010 and in Discovery Channel show One Man Army a year later. That year, Yeager also featured in the National Geographic documentary Snipers Inc.

Yeager even made a foray into the world of film, appearing in two motion pictures: Daylight’s End (2016) and Cherokee Creek (2018).

James Yeager headed to Ukraine earlier this year

After war broke out between Ukraine and Russia in February 2022, Yeager headed to the East European country to train 150 Ukrainian soldiers.

Yeager and his team went into Kyiv when it was 95 per cent surrounded and being bombed, according to Tactical Response’s website.

It wasn’t the first time Yeager had entered a war zone in his work. From July 2004 to May 2005, Yeager was on two protective security details in Baghdad, Iraq. Yeager’s team was a Tier 2 entity responsible for the protection of eight Iraqi election commissioners.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.