Fallen DPS Heroes


AHPA Officer Memorial CeremonyThe Arizona Highway Patrol Association, along with DPS, remembers each fallen officer at their annual memorial that takes place the first Monday of May.  The commemorative event not only honors these 29 men that paid the ultimate sacrifice, but reminds their survivors that they will never be forgotten.

To officers past – a tribute
To officers present – a reminder
To officers yet to come – a legacy.

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Timothy Huffman

Officer Tim Huffman   Badge #5430 Residence:  Dateland End of Watch: May, 6, 2013 Officer Huffman was on scene helping investigate an injury collision on Interstate 8, 40 miles east of Yuma, when a tanker truck failed to yield to the closure of the number-two lane on the highway. The driver of the semi-truck, Jorge Espinoza, 33, first collided with DPS Capt. George Anderson’s... 

May 8, 2013 | Read the story »
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Chris R Marano

Badge #6759 Residence:  Surprise End of Watch:  December 17, 2009     Officer Marano died from injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle on the Loop 101 freeway in Phoenix. Officer Marano was in the process of laying down “stop sticks”, a tire deflation device, in an attempt to end a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.  The stolen vehicle suspect,... 

December 17, 2009 | Read the story »
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Bruce W Harrolle

Badge #5669 End of Watch:  October 13, 2008   DPS Officer/Paramedic Bruce W. Harrolle was killed while assisting with a search and rescue mission of two stranded hikers. Officer Harrolle was struck by the helicopter’s rotor blades and fatally injured. Officer Bruce Harrolle, 36 years, is survived by his wife, two young children, and parents. Follow  Read More →

October 13, 2008 | Read the story »
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Brett C. Buckmister

Badge #5548 Residence:  Page End of Watch:  March 21, 2000     At approximately 9:30 a.m. on March 21, 2000, DPS Officer Brett Buckmister was killed when his patrol car collided with a van on US89 in Page, Arizona. Officer Buckmister was responding to another collision on US89 at the time of the fatal collision. Three of the five occupant of the van received fatal... 

March 21, 2000 | Read the story »
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F.J. “Skip” Fink, Jr.

Badge #940 Residence:  Chandler End of Watch:  February 18, 2000     Officer Fink had just stopped an eastbound motorist on the Superstition Freeway (U.S. 60) near McClintock Drive, Tempe, when his patrol car was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Robert Stavers, 22, of Mesa. Upon impact, Officer Fink’s patrol car burst into flames, trapping the 28-year... 

February 18, 2000 | Read the story »
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Juan N. Cruz

Badge #3111 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  December 9, 1998   Officer Cruz, along with two other DPS officers, were blocking the high-speed (left) traffic lane of Interstate 10 in Tucson, Arizona, with their patrol vehicles, while investigating a prior collision. A westbound vehicle driven by Tucson resident Marissa A. Rodriguez, 21, struck the rear of Officer Cruz’s... 

December 9, 1998 | Read the story »
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Douglas E. Knutson

Badge #3818 Residence:  Scottsdale End of Watch:  January 2, 1998     While standing and waiting for a tow truck to remove an abandoned vehicle at the gore point of Scottsdale Road and westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway), Motorcycle Officer Knutson suffered multiple injuries when struck from behind by a small pickup truck driven by Brett Baxter, 22, of Tempe.... 

January 2, 1998 | Read the story »
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Robert K. Martin

Badge #474 Residence:  Chandler End of Watch:  August 15, 1995   Officer Martin was shot to death during a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway, about seven miles north of Shea Boulevard. With 27 years of service, Officer Martin had the most years of service among DPS/AHP officers killed in the line of duty. His assailant, Ernesto Salgado Martinez, a 19-year-old ex-convict... 

August 15, 1995 | Read the story »
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Sgt. Michael L. Crowe

Badge #2729 Residence:  Yuma End of Watch:  July 5, 1995   Sgt. Crowe was shot, along with Yuma Police Department Lt. Dan Elkins, after they arrived at the Southwest border Alliance headquarters building near the Yuma International Airport on the night of July 4th. The two were members of the SBA task force and had agreed to meet at the building to discuss missing items... 

July 5, 1995 | Read the story »
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Sgt. Mark Dryer

Badge #9764 Residence:  Phoenix End of Watch:  July 3, 1993   While standing near a motorist he had stopped for speeding 20 miles south of Phoenix on Interstate 10, Sgt. Dryer was struck and killed by a passing car driven by Charles Robert Ransier, 33, of Phoenix. Sgt. Dryer was the first DPS reserve officer to be killed in the line of duty. The motorist, who was under... 

July 3, 1993 | Read the story »
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Sgt. David J. Zesiger

Badge #1848 Residence:  Lakeside End of Watch:  July 3, 1992     Sgt. Zesiger was leading a family to a campsite near McNary when his fully-marked departmental Chevrolet Blazer was struck head-on by a pickup truck driven by Calvin Dayea, who was found to be driving under the influence. In April 1993, Dayea was sentenced to four years in a federal prison but was... 

July 3, 1992 | Read the story »
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Sgt. Manuel H. Tapia

Badge #1409 Residence:  Nogales End of Watch:  January 8, 1991     Sgt. Tapia was shot at about 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 1991, in Nogales by a drug suspect. He died at about 1 a.m. Jan. 8, 1991, at Tucson Medical Center. The suspect, Noel Gonzales-Bernal of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was fatally shot by a Nogales police officer. The incident occurred in Nogales, about a mile... 

January 8, 1991 | Read the story »
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David G. Gabrielli

Badge #1231 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  August 31, 1990   Officer Gabrielli was struck and killed while investigating a previous fatal crash on U.S. 89, just south of Valencia Road in Tucson. Officer Gabrielli, who was standing in the median with Sgt. John M. Blaser, was struck from behind by a car driven by a drunken driver, James B. Sheets. Officer Gabrielli... 

August 31, 1990 | Read the story »
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Sgt. John M. Blaser

Badge #2916 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  August 31, 1990   Sgt. Blaser, along with Officer Gabrielli, were investigating a previous fatal crash on US 89 south of Valencia Road in Tucson when both were struck from behind by a car driven by James Sheets.  Sheets was determined to be driving under the influence.  Sgt. Blaser died after being transported to a Tucson-area... 

August 31, 1990 | Read the story »
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Johnny E. Garcia

Badge #3572 Residence:  Eloy End of Watch:  October 14, 1989   Officer Garcia died while responding to a report of a drunken driver whose car was stuck in a right-of-way fence near the Picacho interchange on Interstate 10. While passing a car on State Route 84 near Casa Grande, Officer Garcia’s patrol car struck loose gravel, rolled three times, hit a car and... 

October 14, 1989 | Read the story »
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Ed Rebel

Badge #233 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  June 28, 1988   Officer Rebel, 50, was shot to death while attempting to arrest a suspect driving a stolen car near Marana on Interstate 10. Officer Rebel, despite his mortal wound, was able to fire a volley of shots, killing his assailant, Bruce Beaty, 23, of Houston. Beaty was believed to be part of a stolen car ring. ... 

June 28, 1988 | Read the story »
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Bruce A. Petersen

Badge #3536 Residence:  Taylor End of Watch:  October 20, 1987   Officer Petersen was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle on State Route 61 near Concho when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Follow  Read More →

October 20, 1987 | Read the story »
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Thomas McNeff

Badge #1758 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  October 2, 1983   Pilot McNeff was flying a DPS helicopter in a rainstorm when it crashed in a cotton field near Marana. The DPS aircraft was en route to Catalina to pick up a pregnant woman and fly her to a Tucson hospital. Follow  Read More →

October 2, 1983 | Read the story »
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Richard Stratman

Badge #1622 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch:  October 2, 1983   Paramedic Stratman was on the same mission as Pilot McNeff in a departmental helicopter during a rainstorm when it crashed in a cotton field near Marana. The DPS aircraft was enroute to Catalina to pick up a pregnant woman and fly her to a Tucson medical facility. Follow  Read More →

October 2, 1983 | Read the story »
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William H. Murie

Badge #721 Residence:  Flagstaff End of Watch:  November 19, 1980   Officer Murie was en route to Phoenix from Flagstaff on Nov. 16 when he stopped just north of Phoenix on Interstate 17 to assist at a crash scene. He was struck by a passing vehicle, crushing his legs and a wrist. Complications resulting from these injuries led to his death on Nov. 19, 1980. Follow  Read More →

November 19, 1980 | Read the story »
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John C. Walker

Badge #150 Residence:  Tucson End of Watch: November 30, 1979   Officer Walker was shot and killed while working an undercover cocaine case. He was sitting in his car at Tucson International Airport when he was shot. The assailant, Genaro Celaya, 28, of Ajo, was captured a short time later with Walker’s flash roll in his possession. Celaya was convicted and sentenced... 

November 30, 1979 | Read the story »
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Noah M. (Mac) Merrill

Badge #695 Residence:  Benson End of Watch:  December 11, 1978   During a traffic stop on Interstate 10, eight miles east of Benson, Officer Merrill was struck by a passing tractor-trailer. Follow  Read More →

December 11, 1978 | Read the story »
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Gregory A. Diley

Badge #1442 Residence:  Kingman End of Watch:  December 2, 1977   Officer Diley, 28, was returning to Kingman following a narcotics investigation when he was killed in a one-vehicle crash west of Kingman on Interstate 40. The death of Officer Diley, who was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau at DPS, was the first outside the Highway Patrol Bureau. Follow  Read More →

December 2, 1977 | Read the story »
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Alan H. Hansen

Badge #204 Residence:  Kingman End of Watch:  July on my way, 1973     Officer Hansen was killed in Kingman when a railroad tanker loaded with butane exploded. In all, 13 people were killed and 112 were injured in the afternoon explosion. Click here to read Hansen’s 40 Year E.O.W. Anniversary Story with AHPA Follow  Read More →

July 19, 1973 | Read the story »
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Don A. Beckstead

Badge #409 Residence:  Houck End of Watch:  February 7, 1971     A few minutes after shooting Officer Keeton, Greenberg shot Officer Beckstead during another traffic stop. It is believed that Officer Beckstead was not aware of the shooting involving Keeton. Officer Beckstead died two days later in a Gallup, N.M., hospital. After shooting the two DPS officers, Greenberg... 

February 7, 1971 | Read the story »
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James L. Keeton

Badge #310 Hometown:  Navajo End of Watch:  February 5, 1971     Officer Keeton was shot to death with his own weapon by Bertram Greenberg, a suspect in the rape and murder of a 13-year-old California girl. Keeton, who lost his pistol during a skirmish with Greenberg, was shot after stopping Greenberg for a traffic violation on Interstate 40, 12 miles west of the... 

February 5, 1971 | Read the story »
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Gilbert A. (Gib) Duthie

Badge #143 Residence:  Mesa End of Watch:  September 5, 1970   Officer Duthie died the evening of Sept. 5 when his patrol car was swept away by Sycamore Creek flood waters near Sunflower on State Route 87. Officer Duthie and his patrol car were found the following morning. Officer Duthie was the first Arizona Department of Public Safety officer to lose his life in the... 

September 5, 1970 | Read the story »
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Paul E. Marston

Badge #138 Residence:  Prescott End of Watch:  June 9, 1969   Patrolman Marston was shot and killed by prison escapee Danny Lee Eckard during a gun battle on a farm in Chino Valley. Eckard, nicknamed the Desert Fox by the Arizona media for his ability to escape and survive in the desert, was then fatally shot by Patrolman Ron Mayes who was riding with Marston. Follow  Read More →

June 9, 1969 | Read the story »
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Louis O. Cochran

Badge #59 Residence:  Yuma End of Watch:  December 22, 1958   While stopped along U.S. 80 one mile east of Dateland, Patrolman Cochran’s patrol car was struck from behind and burst into flames, killing the officer. It was the first death in the 25-year history of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Follow  Read More →

December 22, 1958 | Read the story »