Chief of Police Stewart R. Stringfellow

Chief of Police Stewart R. Stringfellow

Spencer Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, 1971

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Stewart R. Stringfellow

Chief Stringfellow was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 12 while assisting a disable motorist at 2300 hours. As the two men were walking back to Chief Stringfellow's vehicle they were both struck by another car.

Chief Stringfellow was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 51
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Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Two families were forever changed on the day of this tragic accident as both lost loved ones. I want to honor the family of Chief Stringfellow who gave his all in duty to his community. His family must have suffered immeasurably, God bless them.

I also want to honor the family who lost Philip Galyon Speairs, husband and father of three precious little girls. His wife and sister traveled to Norfolk, Nebraska from Paris, Texas to be at his side for 5 days until he died from his injuries at 38 years of age. Uncle Philip was my favorite uncle, full of life and a mentor to me. I remember well the flood of tears shed for the longest time after his death. We all look forward to our reunion with him in Heaven. My three fatherless cousins have suffered in a way not many could understand over the years, may God always be with them and be their final comfort.

I also wish to honor the Catholic Sisters at the Catholic Hospital in Norfolk, NE, for they were of such constant comfort and compassion to my grieving mother, Catherine Elizabeth Speairs Taylor and his beloved wife Patsy Route Speairs those long and anguishng 5 October days. My mother spoke of them today as she remembered that difficult time and the gentle caring spirits that the Catholic Nuns were at the worst of times. Jesus takes care of all things in time.

Chris Taylor, Citizen of Texas

October 11, 2016

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