Interim police director says fallen officer will be greatly missed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest Friday. Officer Scotty Triplett had served Memphis as an officer for nearly 28 years.

For the first time since the officer’s death, Interim Police Director Mike Ryall spoke about the loss.

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Interim Director Mike Ryall said Officer Scotty Triplett will be greatly missed and shared memories of his commitment to serving others.

“He was a powerful force to be reckoned with. He took his job seriously, dedicated, but well versed in what he did,” said Ryall.

The loss of the 27-year veteran Memphis Police Officer is being felt far and wide.

“He was a very focused guy on my remembrance of Scotty on the professional level, but on a personal level he was very giving,” said Ryall.

Ryall said not only was Triplett a loving husband and father, but a great friend to his brothers in blue.

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“Officers could just swing by, grab a plate, jump back in the car and go to the next call and their family was just that type of servant,” said Ryall.

Triplett died after a car pulled into his motorcycle while he ran a police escort Saturday.

Since then, donations and well wishes have poured into his family and the department.

“We will be packed into Memphis, Tennessee, just to show that dedication of love and support to the memory and honor of one of our great officers Scotty Triplett. We’re going to miss him greatly,” said Ryall.

The Memphis Police Association has raised more than $135,000 for Triplett’s family.

The organization is hosting a Donation Drive for Officer Triplett at the Bed Bath & Beyond in Cordova on Wednesday.

The drive begins at 8 a.m. at the store, 2810 N Germantown Pkwy. near Wolfchase.

Proceeds will go to help Officer Triplett’s family.

A visitation for Triplett is scheduled for Thursday at Hope Church on Walnut Grove Road from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Sea of Blue will follow at 7:30 p.m. from the church to the MPD Traffic Office on Austin Peay Highway.

Officer Triplett’s funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. and Hope Church. He’ll then be buried in Arlington.