Recognizing Phoenix Police and Fire Fighters that have fallen in the line of duty is a very important aspect of the Annual Star Spangled Celebration. The pictures and biographies of the fallen are displayed below in alphabetical order. 

 

City of Phoenix officials and residents must never forget the sacrifices these heroic individuals  have made for our safety. 

 

The information has been taken from www.odmp.org  and http://www.firehero.org/

Phoenix Heroes 

Pictures and Biographies 

Fireman's Prayer

 

When I am called

to duty, God

Wherever flames

may rage

Give me strength

to save some life

Whatever be its age

Help me embrace a 

little child

Before it is too late

Or save an older person from

The horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert

and hear the weakest shout

And quickly and efficiently

To put the fire out

To guard my every neighbor

And protect his property

And if according to my fate

I am to lose my life

Please bless with your protecting hand

My family and my friends

 

Police Officer's Prayer

 

Lord I ask for courage

 

Courage to face and

Conquer my own fears...

 

Courage to take me

Where others will not go...

 

I ask for strength

 

Strength of body to porect others

And strength of spirit to lead others...

 

I ask for dedication

 

Dedication to my job, to do it well

Dedication to my community

To keep it safe...

 

Give me Lord, concern

For others who trust me

And compassion for those who need me...

 

And please Lord

 

Through it all

Be at my side...

 

 

Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, March 26, 1999
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 5930

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Three suspects arrested


Officer Marc Atkinson was shot and killed after being ambushed by suspected drug traffickers.

Officer Atkinson was driving a marked patrol car while following the suspects, who turned a corner, stopped their vehicle, and waited for him. As he turned the corner, the three suspects opened fire, striking him twice in the head, killing him. A citizen who witnessed the incident engaged the suspects in a gunfight with his own weapon, seriously wounding one. The other two suspects fled but were later arrested.

Officer Atkinson is survived by his wife and six-month-old child.

Police Officer Goelet Alessandro Carlo Beuf

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, November 1, 1999
Cause: Assault

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 6896

Weapon: Automobile; Commercial

Offender: Sentenced to four years


Officer Beuf was killed when both he and a suspect were struck by a tractor-trailer while struggling on the side of a roadway. Officer Beuf had responded to a call and was approaching a man, when the man began to run. Officer Beuf chased the suspect and caught him on the side of a roadway. As the two struggled, they fell into the path of a slow moving tractor-trailer.

The truck stopped, but Officer Beuf and the suspect were entangled in the front axle. Officer Beuf was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was critically injured in accident. When he recovered he was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $9000 in restitution for the death of Officer Beuf.

Police Officer Albert R. Bluhm

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, December 28, 1970
Cause: Gunfire
 
Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 947

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

 

Officer Bluhm was shot and killed after he stopped a stolen truck. One of two suspects opened fire as he hid in the camper shell of the truck. Officer Bluhm was shot three times and died while attempting to radio his position. A passing motorist notified the dispatcher of his location.

Officer Dale Stone was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to the officer down call put out when Officer Bluhm was shot.

The suspects, both fugitives from Virginia and wanted in Utah in connection with the wounding of a state trooper, were arrested a week later in Cortez, Colorado, following a chase. The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison January 7, 1973. His accomplice was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years to life.

Police Officer Patrick O. Briggs 

Phoenix Police Department
EOW: Wednesday, June 20, 1990
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

 

Age: 27

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 4317

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Not available


Officer Briggs was killed while in pursuit of a speeding motorist. Officer Briggs swerved to avoid a motorist and struck a concrete median and tree. He had recently been chosen to be a Recruit Training Officer for the Phoenix Police Training Academy.

The spot where Officer Briggs was killed is the exact same spot where Officer Wayne Scott was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 10, 2002, under identical circumstances.

Officer Briggs had been with the agency for seven years and is survived by his parents and two siblings.

Police Officer Haze Burch 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Thursday, February 5, 1925
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One executed
 

Officer Burch was shot and killed when he attempted to stop two men from siphoning gasoline from a car. The two suspects were wanted in Texas for the murder of Deputy Joseph Morgan of the Muskogee County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Department and in Montana for the murder of Officer Charles Wilson of the Livingston, Montana, Police Department. Both suspects were eventually captured.

One of the suspects was convicted in Arizona of murdering Officer Burch and hanged on January 8, 1926. The other brother was convicted in Texas of murdering of Deputy Morgan and was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Burch was survived by his wife and three young children.

Officer Kenneth E. Campbell 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Sunday, January 29, 1984
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

 

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona
Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 3973

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available
 

Officer Campbell was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a speeding motorcycle.
Officer Campbell had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and sons.

Engineer/Paramedic Mark S. Carter

Engineer/Paramedic

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 53

 Year of Death: 2007

 

Mark worked for Phoenix Fire for 18 years. He roved the city stations his last five years until he found the station he truly loved to work at: Station 37. Mark loved his job and his coworkers‚ and they all loved him so much. He suffered a heart attack and passed away on the job on June 4‚ 2007. He had gone on quite a few calls that day‚ and his crew did everything they could to try to save him. He was only 53.

 

Mark was a wonderful man. He was the best husband a woman could have. All of my friends thought I was sooooo lucky‚ and I was. He loved all four of our daughters so much. He has three granddaughters. The second one‚ Maddie Carter O’Shields‚ was born just a month after he passed‚ so he never got to meet her. We will always remember Mark as a devoted husband‚ loving father‚ proud grandfather‚ and true hero.

 

Mark could light up the whole room with his smile‚ had a great sense of humor‚ always had a joke or story to tell. He was a huge animal lover‚ and I now have a bunch of animals here in Nevada with me because of him. He loved to golf‚ the mountains‚ and football. Holidays used to be very big at our house. We liked to invite firefighters who couldn’t be with their families.

 

We all have so many wonderful memories of Mark that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. He was one of a kind. He is missed by so many.

Officer Gilbert R. Chavez 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, June 16, 1975
Cause: Gunfire

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 2684

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available


Officer Gilbert Chavez was shot and killed by a juvenile during a burglary of a Phoenix radiator business. Officer Chavez had entered the business after dispatchers received an anonymous tip that a burglary was in progress. The officer located the suspect and a struggle ensued. Officer Chavez was critically wounded but managed to radio for help before dying. 

Officer Chavez had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife.

Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, May 27, 1988
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 3855

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

 

Officer Collings was shot and killed while working a uniformed off-duty security job at a local bank. He was in the process of arresting two robbery suspects when one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding him. One of the suspects was arrested shortly thereafter and the second suspect was arrested in Mexico in June 2000 after being wounded in a shootout with police. The suspect was extradited to Arizona after state prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. In November 2002 the suspect was sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Collings had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his mother and four sisters
.

Police Officer Ignacio Gonzales Conchos 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Thursday, July 1, 1982
Cause: Gunfire

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2853

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Sentenced to life

 

Officer Ignacio Conchos and Officer John Davis were shot when they entered a bar to search for a bank robbery suspect. Officer Conchos died at the scene and Officer Davis died one month later from his wounds.

The suspect, an illegal alien, was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Conchos was survived by his wife and four children.

Police Officer George Valentino Cortez, Jr. 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, July 27, 2007
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 23

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 8232

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

 

Officer George Cortez was shot and killed after responding to a check-cashing store to investigate reports of a forgery-in-progress.

At approximately 5:30 pm, Officer Cortez responded to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a check-cashing business on 83rd Avenue, near Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business and was placing the male suspect in handcuffs when the man drew a stolen Glock .40 and shot Officer Cortez twice in the head and once in the shoulder.

Officer Cortez was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspects fled the scene, but were apprehended the next day. They were charged with capital first-degree murder, burglary and forgery. The male subject was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death on October 19, 2010.

Officer Cortez had served with the Phoenix Police Department for two years and as a detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.

Police Officer John R. Davis, Sr. 

Phoenix Police Department
EOW: Friday, August 6, 1982
Cause: Gunfire

Age: 48

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 1841

Incident Date: 7/1/1982

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Sentenced to life
 

Officer Davis and Officer Ignacio Conchos were shot when they entered a bar to search for a bank robbery suspect. Officer Conchos died at the scene and Officer Davis died one month later from his wounds.

The suspect, an illegal alien, was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Davis had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Arthur Del Gaudio, Jr. 

Phoenix Police Department
EOW: Thursday, April 22, 1976
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

 

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2964

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available


Officer Del Gaudio was killed while in the pursuit of an impaired and reckless driver. The officer collided with another police car and then careened into the wall of a home. His death was instrumental in persuading the State Legislature to enact the Unlawful Flight statute.

Officer Del Gaudio was survived by his wife who was pregnant with their first child.

Sergeant John Wayne Domblisky 

 

Phoenix Police Department
EOW: Thursday, July 26, 1990
Cause: Vehicular assault

 

Age: 42

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 2647

Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved

Offender: Not available

 

Sergeant Domblisky and Sergeant Danny Tunney were killed when a vehicle crossed over the median and struck their patrol car head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.

Sergeant Domblisky is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Police Officer Nicki James "Nick" Erfle 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 6994

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

 

Officer Nick Erfle was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, one block north of Thomas Road.

One man gave a fictitious name that had a misdemeanor warrant and as they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer Erfle twice in the back of the head. He was rushed to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center where he died from his injuries an hour later.

The suspect then carjacked a vehicle and took the driver hostage. About an hour later, an unmarked special assignments unit spotted a car and suspect matching the carjacked vehicle's description.

They began surveillance and managed to box in the vehicle at 27th Avenue and McDowell Road. The suspect pointed his gun at the hostage and he was shot and killed by an officer. The suspect was later identified as an illegal alien with a felony record. He had been deported in 2006 and illegally re-entered the country.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The two females who were with the suspect when he was initially stopped were taken into custody for questioning.

Officer Erfle had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Shane Cory Figueroa 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Cause: Vehicular assault

 

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 8485

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved


Police Officer Shane Figueroa was killed when his patrol car collided with a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.

Officer Figueroa was northbound on 19th Avenue near Roeser Road responding to a shots fired call when a truck turned in front of his patrol car. The impact spun the patrol car and sent it into a block wall. The officer was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The truck driver had four outstanding warrants and was arrested on manslaughter and aggravated assault charges. In June 2009, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to serve 16 years. A passenger in the truck was seriously injured.

Officer Figueroa had served the Phoenix Police Department for more than two years. He is survived by his wife and 3-month-old daughter.

Police Officer Robert T. Fike 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Wednesday, January 8, 1986
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 43

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 3281

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

Officer Robert Fike was shot and killed by a suspect while standing next to his patrol car. Two citizens found him after the shooting and used his radio to call for help. A suspect, who had committed an armed robbery just before Officer Fike's murder, was arrested seven weeks later and charged with murder and armed robbery. 

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Fike was a former Officer of the Year and had been employed with the Phoenix Police Department for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons

Police Officer Kevin W. Forsythe 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, September 7, 1984
Cause: Struck by vehicle

 

Age: 35

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 3289


Officer Forsythe was stuck and killed by a semi-truck while directing traffic. 
Officer Forsythe had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife, son and stepson.

Firefighter Timothy J. Hale 

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 29

Year of Death: 1994

 

Timothy J. Hale was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a pickup truck as he unloaded a gurney from the rear of his rescue unit.  The driver was alleged to be intoxicated and was fleeing the scene of a hit and run accident.

 

Timothy was extremely proud to be a part of the Phoenix Fire Department and truly loved his work.   He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Firefighter Bradley C. Harper

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 24

Year of Death: 2013

 

Bradley C. Harper, age 23, was a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department in Phoenix, Arizona. He was injured at the scene of a fire and died of those injuries on May 19, 2013.
Brad was a faithful Christian; a loving husband, son, and brother; and a loyal friend. He was a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, a junior high basketball coach, and a role model for his three younger brothers.

 

His dream was to be a Phoenix firefighter. He graduated from Northwest Christian High School in 2008, the Phoenix Fire Academy in 2011, and Grand Canyon University in 2012. After completing the academy, Brad roved until a permanent position opened up on Rescue 21, the station that had been his first booter assignment.

 

Brad’s first love was his wife, Lena. Although only his wife for a short time, she was the love of his life since they met in 10th grade. His life was full and without regret.

Police Officer Errol C. Hawkins 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, April 24, 1984
Cause: Struck by vehicle

 

Age: 34

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 2417

 

Officer Hawkins was struck and killed by a pickup truck. He was on a nighttime undercover assignment attempting to cross a freeway frontage road when the accident occurred. Officer Hawkins helped establish a hostage/barricade negotiations unit and was a negotiator in hostage situations.

Officer Hawkins had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Officer Clay Quincy Haywood 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, November 22, 1971
Cause: Motorcycle accident

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 1451


Officer Haywood was killed in a motorcycle accident when a truck turned in front of him, causing a collision. Other officers rushed him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Haywood had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and two young sons.

Officer Michael D. Hemschmeyer 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, November 2, 1973
Cause: Automobile accident

 

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 1845

 

Officer Hemschmeyer was killed in a traffic accident while responding to another officer’s call for assistance. A sedan that had pulled over for the officer’s emergency lights was struck from behind by a garbage truck. The force of the collision threw the vehicle into the path of the approaching patrol car, killing officer Hemschmeyer. 
Officer Hemschmeyer had been with the agency for four years.

Detective John T. Hobbs 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, March 3, 2014
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 43

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 5624

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed


Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison.

The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject.

Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Engineer Walter D. Kelson

Engineer

Phoenix Fire Department

Date of Death: March 12, 1977

 

Walter and another firefighter, Chauncey swam into Lake Pleasant to save drowning children and were overcome by the cold water and distance.  The children survived.  Both Walter and Chauncy did not survive.

 

Walter and Chauncey are buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in PHoenix.  Walter is survived by his wife and 3 sons.

Officer Leonard Leon Kolodziej 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Wednesday, September 4, 1991
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 2387

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide


Officer Kolodziej was shot and killed by a man who sprayed a residential street with gunfire from a high powered weapon. The suspect then held police at bay for over five hours before they stormed the house and found the suspect dead. Officer Kolodziej was 43 years old and is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, three stepdaughters, stepson, mother and seven grandchildren.

Firefighter Dale R. Lockett

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Date of Death: August 5th 1979

 

Dale was checking the roof and fell through.  He was rescued from inside but died of his injuries, smoke and fire.  

 

Historical Market location: 7600 W. Camelback Rd., south side of street.  D

Police Guard John Franklin MacInnis

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Sunday, February 22, 1976
Cause: Heart attack

 

Age: Not available

Tour: 9 years

Badge # A513


Police Guard MacInnis died of a heart attack while in foot pursuit of a suspect at the Sky Harbor International Airport. A passerby stopped to assist him. He was driven to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. 
Police Guard MacInnis had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife, thirteen children and five grandchildren.

 

Officer Travis Murphy

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # 8474

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Offender: Apprehended


Officer Travis Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night.

Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the perpetrator had fled, but they transmitted a description of the suspect's vehicle over their department radio. Several minutes later, dispatchers received reports that a man was seen attempting to hide a vehicle under a tarp at a vacant home. Officer Murphy, along with several officers, responded to the scene and started searching for the man on foot.

Officer Murphy encountered the suspect and was shot 10 times in the legs and lower abdomen. Other officers immediately placed him in a patrol car and took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect was taken into custody after being found hiding in a nearby shed.

Officer Murphy had served with the Phoenix Police Department for four and a half years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, 2-week-old son, mother, step-father, and step-brother.

Engineer - Haz Mat Technician Ricky A. Pearce 

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 32

Year of Death: 1984

 

Ricky Scott Pearce was killed in the line of duty on November 15, 1984.  As a member of the Hazardous Incident  Response Team, he was engaged in a valiant effort to rescue a worker trapped in a chemical tank.  As the team attempted to cut through the tank to reach the unconscious victim, an explosion occurred, killing Ricky instantly and injuring several other members of the Haz-Mat team.

 

Ricky is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Robert L. Polmanteer

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Friday, May 4, 1984
Cause: Motorcycle accident
                                                       

Age: 37

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 3549


Officer Polmanteer was killed in a head on collision with a van that turned in front of his motorcycle. 
Officer Polmanteer had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife and three children.

Firefighter Randolf J. "Randy" Potts

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Date of Death: Aguust 6th 1974

 

Randy was crushed by a falling wall at a commercial structure fire, and died at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Randy was a former Marine.   Randy is buried at Phoenix Memorial Cemetery and has a surviving wife, 2 sons and brothers.

 

Historical Marker location: 1306 E. Van Buren, north side of street. 

Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Cause: Struck by vehicle


Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 8899

Military veteran

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: In custody

 

Police Officer Daryl Raetz was struck and killed by an SUV while making an arrest for DUI near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Cambridge Drive.

At approximately 3:30 am Officer Raetz, along with several other officers, was processing a DUI suspect on the side of road when a passing SUV struck Officer Raetz. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene. He was arrested the following day after another officer spotted his vehicle and recognized it as matching the description of the vehicle that struck Officer Raetz. The subject is an illegal alien and was charged with drug possession. He pleaded no contest to charges of negligent homicide and hit-and-run with death or injury and was sentenced to serve eight years and an additional seven years of probation.

Officer Raetz was a veteran of the Iraq war and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, child, parents, and brother.

 

Firefighter Chauncey E. Ray Jr.

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Year of Death: 1977

 

Chauncey and another firefighter, Walter swam into Lake Pleasant to save drowning children and were overcome by teh cold water and distance.  The children survived. 

 

Historical Markers location: 435 N. 7th St.  Chauncey and Walter's markers and flag streamers were dedicated SEptember 25th, 2010.  Chauncey is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park.  One of Chauncey's sons, Chauncey III, works as a Phoenix firefighter.

Officer John A. Robertson 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, November 19, 1984
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 31

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 3127

Incident Date: 11/17/1984

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

 

Officer John Robertson was shot and killed while working a uniformed off-duty security job at a local hotel. He was questioning a suspect behind the hotel about the robbery of two truck drivers when the suspect opened fire. Officer Robertson was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Officer Robertson had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Paul Robert Salmon 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Cause: Automobile accident

 

Age: 22

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 8256

Incident Date: 11/28/2005

Officer Paul Salmon died from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Officer Salmon was responding to a domestic violence call in south Phoenix. His vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and crashed into a light pole at the intersection of Baseline Road and 31st Avenue and crashed. A resident reported the accident and the Phoenix Fire Department extricated him from the vehicle. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center with extensive head injuries where he died the following day.

Officer Salmon had served with the Phoenix Police Department for only 6 months. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, four brothers, and fiancee.

Police Officer Donald Ralph Schultz 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Cause: Drowned

 

Age: 43

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 4410

Incident Date: 5/10/2004

Officer Schultz drowned in a canal in North Phoenix while searching for evidence in a murder case.

Officer Schultz was a master diver and part of the department's nine-member dive team. On May 10, 2004, the team entered a canal in North Phoenix, near 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road, to search for evidence in a murder investigation. While in the water, Officer Schultz was separated from his tender line and was pulled into the canal gate. He was under water for as long as 10 minutes without a breathing device. Rescuers pried open the canal's gate and freed him from the 1-foot opening where he had become trapped.

Officer Schultz was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain, where he remained in critical condition on life support. His family elected to remove him from life support on the afternoon of May 12, 2004, following two days of intensive efforts to revive him.

Officer Schultz had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 20 years. In addition to his duties as a member of the dive team, Officer Schultz also served full time as a helicopter pilot for the Phoenix Police Department.

Officer Schultz was survived by his wife and mother.

Police Officer Beryl Wayne Scott, Jr. 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Cause: Motorcycle accident

 

Age: 35

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 5580

Officer Beryl Scott was killed in a motorcycle accident at 3:10 pm, shortly after starting his shift.

He was en route to a local hospital to assist with a fatal DUI investigation when a vehicle pulled out of a parking lot onto North Seventh Street, directly into his path. Officer Scott's motorcycle struck the passenger door and he was thrown over the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 30 minutes later.

The spot where Officer Scott was killed was the exact same spot where Officer Patrick Briggs was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 20, 1990, under identical circumstances.

Officer Scott had served with the Phoenix Police Department for ten years. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, sister, and three brothers.

Firefighter Ambrose Shea

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Year of Death: December 9, 1929

 

While responding to a commercial structure fire, Squad 1 was struck by another truck.  Jack Sullivan, another Phoenix Firefighter was thrown from the captain's front seat of the old open-cab truck (probably a 1914 SEagraves) and dies immediately.  Ambrose was thrown from teh back tailboard and died the next morning.  Jack Sullivan was the department's personnel manager and boxing manager.  Ambrose was a gifted baseball player and was slated to start as a catcher in the Major Leagues the next spring.

Police Officer Walter Stewart 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, February 19, 1952
Cause: Vehicular assault

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged with negligent homicide
 

Officer Walter Stewart was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver. 

A truck turned in front of his motorcycle and he swerved to avoid a collision. However, a collision occurred and he sustained severe head injuries. The driver fled the scene but was later apprehended and charged with negligent homicide.

Shortly after this accident the Phoenix Police Department required all motorcycle officers to wear helmets while on duty.

Officer Stewart is survived by his wife, son, and eleven siblings.

Police Officer Dale Stone

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Monday, December 28, 1970
Cause: Motorcycle accident

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year, 2 months

Badge # 1697


Officer Dale Stone was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to an officer down call put out when Officer Albert Bluhm was shot and killed. 

Officer Stone collided with another vehicle and was pinned underneath it. Bystanders lifted the vehicle off of Officer Stone in an attempt to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 
Officer Stone's father, a Maricopa County Sheriff, was shot and killed three weeks after this incident.

 

Captain John D. "Jack" Sullivan

Captain

Phoenix FIre Department

Year of Death: 1929

 

While responding to a commercial structure fire, Squad 1 was struck by another truck.  Captain Sullivan was thrown from teh captain's front seat of the old open-cab truck (probably a 1914 Seagraves) and dies immediately.  Another firefighter, Ambrose, was thrown from teh back trailboard and died the next morning.  Jack was the department's personnel manager and boxing manager.  Ambrose was a gifted baseball player and was slated to start as a catcher in the Major Leagues the next spring.

Sergeant Danny L. Tunney

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Thursday, July 26, 1990
Cause: Vehicular assault

Age: 47

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 1437

Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved

Offender: Not available


Sergeant Danny Tunney and Sergeant John Domblisky were killed when a vehicle crossed over the median and struck their patrol car head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.

Sergeant Tunney is survived by his wife and five children.

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Police Officer David Christopher Uribe 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Cause: Gunfire

Age: 48

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 4276

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

 

Officer David Uribe was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on West Cactus Road at approximately 1110 hours.

Officer Uribe called in a license plate check and approached the vehicle. As he walked to the driver's door one of two men opened fire, striking him in the head and neck.

The suspects fled the scene and abandoned the car in a residential area a few blocks away. A witness to the shooting immediately called 911 and started CPR on Officer Uribe. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two suspects were arrested two days later and charged with Officer Uribe's murder. In 2009 Officer Uribe's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His accomplice was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Officer Uribe had served with the agency for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, five children, two step-children, five grandchildren, parents, stepfather, and siblings. One of his sons also serves as an officer with the Phoenix Police Department.

Firefighter Bret Richmond Tarver 

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 41

Year of Death: 2001

 

Bret Richmond Tarver‚ 41‚ career firefighter‚ Phoenix Fire Department‚ died March 14‚ 2001‚ when he was trapped during a fire at a shopping center.

 

He began his fire service career with the Sun City Fire Department. In 1999‚ he received a Quality Customer Service Award when he and his crew framed and covered a hole in a home that had been hit by a car.

 

Tarver built his own home and‚ at the time of his death‚ was building a corral for the horse he had just bought for his three daughters. Described as a gentle giant who was always smiling‚ he was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking‚ camping‚ and hunting.

 

Most of all‚ he was a devoted family man who loved his wife and daughters.

Police Officer Eric James White 

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Saturday, August 28, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 7275

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

 

Officer White and Officer Jason Wolfe were shot and killed while investigating a shooting call at an apartment complex on West Las Palmaritas Drive.

The first officers to arrive at the scene located a male who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital as officers began evacuating residents and searching for a suspect.

The suspect was located in an apartment in the complex and several officers converged on that location. Fearing the gunman was holding a hostage, Officer White, Officer Wolfe, and a third officer kicked the door in and attempted to enter the apartment. The gunman immediately opened fire, striking all three officers. Officer White and Officer Wolfe were killed, and the third officer was wounded. When another officer returned fire, the suspect retreated back into his apartment and committed suicide.

Officer White had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Jason Alan Wolfe

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Saturday, August 28, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

 

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 7215

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

Officer Wolfe and Officer Eric White were shot and killed while investigating a shooting call at an apartment complex on West Las Palmaritas Drive.

The first officers to arrive at the scene located a male who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital as officers began evacuating residents and searching for a suspect.

The suspect was located in an apartment in the complex and several officers converged on that location. Fearing the gunman was holding a hostage, Officer White, Officer Wolfe, and a third officer kicked the door in and attempted to enter the apartment. The gunman immediately opened fire, striking all three officers. Officer White and Officer Wolfe were killed, and the third officer was wounded. When another officer returned fire, the suspect retreated back into his apartment and committed suicide.

Officer Wolfe had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife, who is also a Phoenix police officer, two children, parents, brother, sister, and grandparents.

 

Police Officer David Glasser

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Age: 35

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 8144

Weapon: Gun; Unknown

Offender: Shot and Killed

 

Police Officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

The homeowner had called 911 to report that his son was stealing items from the home. As officers arrived on the scene they encountered the son sitting in a van in the driveway. The subject immediately opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Glasser. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Officer Glasser was flown to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds the following day.

Officer Glasser had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 


 

Police Officer Paul Thomas Rutherford

Phoenix Police Department

EOW: Thursday, May 21, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle

Age: 51

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 6403

Military veteran

 

Officer Rutherford was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road at 8:30 am.

He was at the scene of an earlier collision when a call involving an armed subject was dispatched at a location across the street. He was attempting to cross the street to respond to the call when he was struck by a vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.  At this time, the investigation is still ongoing.

Officer Rutherford was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


 

Fire Fighter Crystal Dawn Rezzonico

Firefighter

Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona

Age: 56

Year of Death: 2017

 

Crystal Dawn Rezzonico was born June 20, 1960, to Dicksie and Joe Arnold. She grew up riding horses in Phoenix with her two sisters Jolynn and Shelly. Crystal was a devoted mother to her two sons, Cutter and Austin.

 

Crystal was hired on to the Phoenix Fire Department on March 4, 1991, one of two women in Class 91-1. She worked her way up to become an engineer in 1996 and was promoted to captain in 2006, ranking #1 on the captain’s test. Crystal was a mentor at the Phoenix Fire Academy and helped initiate Rosie’s Ladder, a service to support the recruitment of women firefighters.

 

She was an accomplished competitor at The World Police and Fire Games, winning the gold medal in body building in 1997 and again in 2007.

 

While on duty on August 10, 2009, Crystal’s Engine 960 was involved in a high-speed collision. Captain Rezzonico was ejected from the truck and suffered traumatic brain injuries. After relearning to walk and talk, Captain Crystal Rezzonico was able to rejoin her crew at Station 60. In 2011, she returned to the World Police and Fire Games to win the gold medal once again.

 

Crystal loved being a firefighter. Her passion was to serve and protect. She loved spending time with her family and traveling around the world in search of the perfect beach. One of her biggest personal accomplishments was building her own home, which was featured on the cover of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine.

Crystal retired from the Phoenix Fire Department on December 30, 2014. She was laid to rest on February 18, 2017, as a result of her injuries. Her son Austin now serves with the Phoenix Fire Department, and Cutter’s first daughter was named Crystal.

Crystal’s spirit lives on with all those whose lives she touched and loved.

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