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Patrolman Richard P. Ross | Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Colorado State Patrol, Colorado


Richard P. Ross

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 10, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Exposure to toxins

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Patrolman Richard Ross succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning after his exhaust pipe was damaged.

He had just completed investigating an accident on U.S. 287, near Hugo, and backed his vehicle over a bent sign post. The impact punched a hole through the exhaust pipe. Realizing he damaged the cruiser he called for his supervisor and left the engine running while finishing his report. Two passing truck drivers found Patrolman Ross unconscious and called for assistance but Patrolman Ross had succumbed to the poisoning at the scene.

Patrolman Ross had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 16 months.

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State Patrolman Ross, you served right to the last, which is an honorable legacy of dedication and commitment to leave. Your name and your service to the people of Colorado and to your profession will live on.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
April 18, 2017


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