Serving with the OPP
Saturday May 25, 1957
Constable de La Rue was traveling at a fast rate of speed when his cruiser struck a frost heave in the pavement. The cruiser sideswiped an oncoming pickup truck and overturned into a ditch.
Constable de La Rue was thrown from the vehicle and succumed to his injuries at the Bingham Hospital in Matheson.
Philip was engaged to be married to a nurse who worked at the hospital, at the time of his death.