Remembering Lt. Hiram Short

Please take a moment to include Lt. Hiram Short in your thoughts today.

July 12, 1961, Lieutenant Short was traveling from his new post in Craig to Castle Rock when he responded to a request for assistance from Colorado Department of Wildlife officer Bob Hoover. Hoover had encountered a parked vehicle and decided to check the vehicle ownership when he saw a rifle. The driver pulled out a Walther P38 handgun and shot Grand County Sheriff Chancy Van Pelt, who also had responded to the scene. He then shot Short and fired at Hoover. Hoover and Van Pelt survived their injuries, but Short died during surgery. The suspect was spotted two days later by a train crew. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment in the Colorado State Penitentiary.

Short entered the Patrol July 16,1946.

(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)