Police Officer Candace Ripp

Police Officer Candace Ripp

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 2001

Candace Ripp

Police Officer Candace Ripp was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating the scene of a one-car accident on Ellington Parkway, near Spring Street, at approximately 8:00 am.

She was standing in the grass median of the roadway drawing diagrams of the accident scene, when another driver lost control in the same spot and struck her. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Officer Ripp's report of the first accident stated that it was raining hard at the time. No charges were filed against the driver who struck her because of the weather conditions.

Officer Ripp had served with the Nashville Police Department for almost ten years. She is survived by her daughter, grand-daughter, and mother.

In 2002 a section of Ellington Parkway was renamed Officer Candace Ripp Memorial Highway in honor of Officer Ripp.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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I learned today (May 31st at 2am) that you are my paternal 1st cousin. Your mother, Gyna (a word to you below), is the step sister of my dad, Frankie Gene Byrd (b:1936). No one in my family ever knew John Franklin Byrd was my biological grandfather. I learned my 1st cousin was an exceptional woman! She was a brave police officer. A woman demanding her respect; I know the Byrd tenacity, so I know you did. I am proud to have your brave soul as my cousin! I love you!

Gyna, I would love to talk to you. You can find me on Ancestry. Please reach out.

Greg Byrd
Paternal 1st Cousin

May 31, 2018

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