Patrolman Melvin E. Phillips

Patrolman Melvin E. Phillips

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 1956

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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You are honored today, RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

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