Traffic Officer Britt Thomas Irvine

Traffic Officer Britt Thomas Irvine

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 24, 1998

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Britt Thomas Irvine

Officer Britt Thomas Irvine was killed when his patrol car was washed off of a roadway in a terrible storm attributed to the El Niño phenomenon.

Officer Irvine and his partner, Officer Rick Stovall, were responding to a call to assist stranded motorists on Highway 166 when the storm washed out the section of roadway they were on. Both officers were killed and several other motorists were washed into the water as well. Their patrol car was found upside down under silt, mud, and debris approximately 100 yards from the roadway.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 10657

Incident Details

  • Cause Weather/Natural disaster

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Officer Irvine,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 24, 2023

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