Patrolman Richard P. Ross

Patrolman Richard P. Ross

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, July 10, 1974

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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

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State Patrolman Ross, you served right to the last, which is an honorable legacy of dedication and commitment to leave. Your name and your service to the people of Colorado and to your profession will live on.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 18, 2017

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