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Hero Down: Memphis PD Officer Scotty Triplett Killed In Crash During Police Escort

Memphis, TN – Memphis Police Department (MPD) Officer Scotty Triplett was killed in the line of duty on Saturday after a driver turned into the lane of his oncoming patrol motorcycle.

The 47-year-old officer was traveling northbound on Hickory Hill Road on his patrol motorcycle as part of a “department-approved escort” at approximately 4:45 p.m. when a southbound driver turning left onto Swaying Pine Lane pulled across his lane, the MPD said in a press release.

Officer Triplett, who was driving “in emergency mode” for the escort, collided with the right, front portion of the vehicle, the MPD said.

The driver of the vehicle that turned in front of Officer Triplett was detained by police, but no charges had been filed as of Sunday.

Officer Triplett, a 27-year veteran of the department, was rushed to Regional One Health, where he succumbed to his injuries, the Commercial Appeal reported.

“Tonight, our community lost a dedicated servant and a good man,” MPD Director James Ryall said in the agency’s press release. “My prayers are with his family and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department.”

Officer Triplett joined the MPD in August of 1993.

Director Ryall described him as “a loyal, loyal man,” WATN reported.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Kyle Lane told WREG he first met Officer Triplett back in 2015.

“The one thing I really respected about a lot of these senior officers was that they took a young guy like me under their wings and showed me what it meant to be a motor officer, and Scotty was one of the main guys with the city that did that for me,” Sgt. Lane said.

He said Officer Triplett was always encouraging and that he looked to the veteran officer as a mentor.

“We thank him for his 27 years of service and dedication to our community,” the MPD said. “At this time, we ask that you keep his wife, children, family, and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department in your prayers.”

Officer Triplett leaves behind his wife, Fran, and his two children, the Commercial Appeal reported.

A fundraising campaign established to help Officer Triplett’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $136,000 so far.

Officer Triplett will be laid to rest on Friday, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Memphis Police Department Officer Scotty Triplett, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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