Melvin E. Phillips

Rank

Patrolman

Date of hire

1954-11-01 00:00

Bio

Patrolmen Gresham and Phillips died instantly on February 2, 1956 when their Patrol car was smashed between two semi trucks seven miles Southeast of Hugo on U.S. 287. 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 semi. The patrol car was pushed forward more than 65 feet, and the stopped semi was pushed forward 70 feet with its brakes set. All were killed instantly. The driver had not applied the brakes prior to impact. It was suspected he had fallen asleep.

Memorial service information

Interment: Red Butte Cemetery, Aspen, Colorado  Block 4, Lot B, Grave Space 8

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