SRPD Reports

Peace Officer Memorial Day

 

By Karl G. Auerbach, Assistant Chief of Police

Salt River Police Department

The 87th Congress of the United States of America, House Joint Resolution Number 730 (Public Law 87-726) codified on October 1, 1962 and signed by President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

National activities are hosted each year in Washington, DC and other cities, to honor those law enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice the previous calendar year.

The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial located in Washington DC, honors all of America’s Federal, State, Tribal and local law enforcement Officer killed in the line-of-duty. Inscribed on the Memorial’s marble walls are the names of more than 19,000 Officers, dating back to the first known death in 1792.

There are 252 Police Officers names who were killed in the line-of-duty in Arizona inscribed on the Wall of Honor at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC. There are 82 Police Officers names from Native American Police Agencies that are inscribed on the Wall of Honor. Twenty Police Officers are from Arizona:

John Colvig, White Mt. Apache PD (EOW, 1882)
Albert Sterling, White Mt. Apache PD (EOW, 1882)
George Lockhart, Navajo PD (EOW,1887)
Dennis Titla Sr., San Carlos PD (EOW, 1960)
Burton Begay, Navajo PD (EOW, 1975)
Loren Whitehat, Navajo PD (EOW, 1979)
Milton Antone, Ak-Chin PD (EOW, 1983)
Andy Begay, Navajo PD (EOW, 1987)
Roy Stanley, Navajo PD (EOW, 1987)
Dean James, Hopi PD (EOW, 1988)
Kevin Lewis, Gila River PD (EOW, 1993)
Ronald Kelly, Ak-Chin PD (EOW, 1995)
Hoskie Gene, Navajo PD (EOW, 1996)
Samuel Redhouse, Navajo PD (EOW, 1997)
Michael Delgado, Tohono O’Odham PD (EOW,1998)
Esther Todocheene, Navajo PD (EOW, 1998)
Winsonfred Filfred, Navajo PD (EOW, 1999)
Tenny Gatewood Jr., White Mt. Apache PD (EOW, 1999)
Aaron Peru, San Carlos PD (EOW, 2011)
Darrell Curley, Navajo PD (EOW, 2011)

Please Remember these brave Men and Women who’s final act on this Earth was to fight a great evil, provide safety and make a difference in their Community.

Peace Officer Memorial
May 15, 8 a.m.
Everyone is invited to attend Tuesday morning, May 15, at 8 a.m. for a Remembrance Ceremony for the Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in observance of National Peace Officer Memorial Day, held at the Main SRPD Headquarters building at the flag pole.
**Entire ceremony should take about 10 to 15 minutes.


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