Traffic Officer Britt Thomas Irvine

Traffic Officer Britt Thomas Irvine

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 24, 1998

Britt Thomas Irvine

Officer Britt Thomas Irvine was killed when his patrol car was washed off of a roadway in a terrible storm attributed to the El Niño phenomenon.

Officer Irvine and his partner, Officer Rick Stovall, were responding to a call to assist stranded motorists on Highway 166 when the storm washed out the section of roadway they were on. Both officers were killed and several other motorists were washed into the water as well. Their patrol car was found upside down under silt, mud, and debris approximately 100 yards from the roadway.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 10657

Incident Details

  • Cause Weather/Natural disaster

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To the families of Officer Ricky B. Stovall and his partner Britt Irvine, as we approach Christmas 2018 my thoughts are with you and your families, the CA Highway Patrol......I will never forget that fateful morning. Always in my prayers to your family, friends and the CA Highway Patrol.....We shall not forget you both.....In loving memory of two fine officers of the CHP in CA....

Susan Johnson
Retired CA Police dispatcher/ WA state police dispatcher

December 14, 2018

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