Sergeant Ronald H. Phillips

Sergeant Ronald H. Phillips

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Monday, January 26, 2004

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Ronald H. Phillips

Sergeant Ronald Phillips suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to free his patrol car after it became stuck during a snow storm.

After several attempts of trying to move it, he called for a tow truck. When the tow truck arrived 8 minutes later, the driver found Sergeant Phillips suffering from cardiac arrest inside the patrol car. He was transported to Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center where he died a short time later.

Sergeant Phillips had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Department for 5 years, and had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He had previously served as chief of police of Syracuse Police Department, Ainsworth Police Department, and Minden Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 9413

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I was able to visit the NLEOM and see your name on the wall, two days before the 15th anniversary of your passing. I still remember the “sage” advice you imparted on my all those years ago. Continue to Rest In Peace, Sarge........

Chief Deputy Dan Schleusener
Buffalo County SO, NE

January 24, 2019

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