Patrolman Richard P. Ross

Patrolman Richard P. Ross

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, July 10, 1974

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Richard P. Ross

Patrolman Richard Ross succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning after his exhaust pipe was damaged.

He had just completed investigating an accident on U.S. 287, near Hugo, and backed his vehicle over a bent sign post. The impact punched a hole through the exhaust pipe. Realizing he damaged the cruiser he called for his supervisor and left the engine running while finishing his report. Two passing truck drivers found Patrolman Ross unconscious and called for assistance but Patrolman Ross had succumbed to the poisoning at the scene.

Patrolman Ross had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 16 months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 10, 2020

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