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Deputy Marshal Philip Olivas | Mesilla Marshal's Office, New Mexico Mesilla Marshal's Office, New Mexico

Deputy Marshal

Philip Olivas

Mesilla Marshal's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 1, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # 306

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Deputy Marshal Philip Olivas was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Deputy Olivas had stopped a person for a traffic violation when the man jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot. Deputy Olivas chased him on foot along the country road and then down an unlit road and caught up with the suspect. He then told a bystander to go to his cruiser and call for assistance as he was struggling with the suspect in the roadway.

A responding unit came down the unlit road and did not see the two fighting until it was too late and struck them both. The suspect died at the scene and Deputy Olivas died about 30 minutes later.

The suspect ran because he was driving on a revoked license.

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Dad,

Where do I start? Thank you for life, thank you for my sister (who I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting). Thank you for my drive, motivation, good looks ;). Thank you for my intelligence and my stubbornness, thank you for continually watching over me.

I never really got to know you, as I was really young when you passed. I want you to know that I am doing good. I followed in your footsteps and served our country. I used what was given to me, despite my obstacles, I graduated with a bachelor's degree. I work at Stanford and the VA, helping other veterans. I wish you were here to see all of my achievements. I wish I could feel the pride of my father.

Most of all, I am thankful for your sacrifice. I get "thank you for your service" said to me all the time, never really feeling I that deserve it. One day I hope to earn that thanks and become a hero like my dad is. Please continue to guide me

SPC Olivas, Naiele
US Army, Daughter
March 23, 2016

 

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