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Atkins Police Officer Dies after Car Accident

Patrolman Dolphus Schmelzla suffered injuries in Russellville wreck.
ATKINS, AR - The Atkins Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its officers.

Patrolman Dolphus Schmelzla, 47, died Thursday night from injuries suffered in a car accident while on his way to work.

The wreck happened at the intersection of East Main Street and Tyler Road in Russellville.

Officer Schmelzla had more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career in Yell County at the Sheriff’s Office where he worked for about one year before joining the Ola Police Department for two years and then the Morrilton Police Department for another two years. He then joined the Atkins Police Department in March of 2001.

In a news release, the Atkins Police Department said Schmelzla was a great and valued officer who will be missed tremendously by the Atkins Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies around the area.

The Southern States Police Benevolence Foundation has worked with the Atkins Police Department and established an account at River Town Bank for the family of Officer Schmelzla. Anyone may donate by contacting any branch of River Town Bank and referencing account number 1405543. All donations are tax deductible. In order to receive the 501C receipt for the tax deduction, you may contact Sam Keller with the Southern States Police Benevolence Foundation at (501) 733-8250.
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