Shortly after midnight, November 18, 1938, Officers
Henry Shipe and Paul Nichols were en route to a
call when they collided with another patrol car
carrying officers Art Brock and Vic Zahner. Officers
Nichols had been driving on 11th Street and Officer
Brock on Troost Avenue when the two cars met at
the intersection. Both cars had been operating with
their sirens at the time of the crash and had not
heard the other approaching. Officer Nichol's car
was hit on the passenger side and the car was propelled
forward 76 feet before it was overturned. Officers
Nichols, Brock, and Zahner sustained only minor
injuries but Officer Shipe was thrown from the car
and fatally injured. He died before the ambulance
could reach Menorah Hospital. Officer Shipe had
been a patrolman for a little more than a year at
the time of his death. Cause of death was listed as a skull fracture, cerebral hemorrhage, and amputation of the left arm.
Officer Shipe, 34, was survived by his wife, Ona, and his son, John.
Interred: Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Missouri.
Article by Brent Marchant