Please take a moment to include Patrolman Richard P. Ross in your thoughts today.
On July 10, 1974, Patrolman Ross was investigating an accident six miles west of Hugo on US Highway 287. After completing his investigation, he backed over a bent delineator post and then drove forward slightly. The post forced a hole in the trunk of the car and pushed the exhaust pipe into the hole. Ross called a supervisor to report his accident. He left the engine running while he finished the report from the previous accident. Two truck drivers found Ross unconscious and called for help on the patrol car radio. A doctor from Hugo pronounced Ross dead at the scene. Tests indicated he died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ross entered the Patrol February 25, 1973.
(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)