Patrolman Melvin E. Phillips

Patrolman Melvin E. Phillips

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 1956

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Melvin E. Phillips

Patrolman Melvin Phillips and Patrolman Floyd Gresham were killed when their cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer while they conducted a traffic stop.

They had stopped another tractor-trailer on Route 40 (modern day U.S. Highway 287) and were issuing a citation when the other semi rear-ended their cruiser, crushing it between the two trucks, and pushing both vehicles more than 65 feet.

Patrolman Phillips had been employed with the Colorado State Patrol for two years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

traffic stop

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 2, 2021

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