Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, February 13, 1931

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Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Phelps was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 71 (modern-day Route 231) two miles south of Morgantown.

He was traveling with another sheriff's deputy and the former county sheriff from Margontown to Leetown to conduct a tax-sale. The former sheriff attempted to pass a large truck but was crowded off the road and entered a ditch. Special Deputy Sheriff Phelps suffered a broken back and died two hours later. The other deputy and the former sheriff were both injured.

Special Deputy Sheriff Phelps was survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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Deputy Sheriff Phelps,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Butler County.


United States Border Patrol

February 13, 2021

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