Remembering Patrolmen Melvin Phillips and Floyd Gresham

Please take a moment to include Melvin Phillips and Floyd Gresham in your thoughts today.

Patrolmen Phillips and Gresham died instantly when their patrol car was smashed between two tractor/trailers seven miles southeast of Hugo on US Highway 287, February 2, 1956. The officers had stopped a southbound truck and were issuing clearance to the driver, seated in the patrol car’s back seat. A truck, approaching from the rear, smashed into the back of the patrol car, ramming it into the stopped truck ahead of the patrol car. The patrol car was pushed forward more than 65 feet and the truck in front, with its brakes set, was pushed ahead 70 feet. All were killed instantly. The driver of the striking truck had not applied the brakes prior to impact. It was suspected that he had fallen asleep.

Phillips entered the Patrol November 1, 1954; Gresham entered the Patrol January 3, 1956.

(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)