Patrolman Dolphus Schmelzla passed away last night, August 29, 2013, at approximately 8:45pm from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident while on his way to work. The wreck happened at the intersection of East Main Street and Tyler Road in Russellville.
Officer Schmelzla has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career in Yell County at the Sheriff’s Office where he worked for approximately one year. He then worked for the Ola Police Department for two years and the Morrilton Police Department for two years before beginning his career at the Atkins Police Department where he has been employed since March of 2001.
Dolphus was a great officer who will be missed tremendously by the Atkins Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies around the area. We ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
All questions concerning funeral arrangements can be directed to the Pope County Dispatch Center. During business hours you may calland after hours you may call 479-968-0911.