On Tuesday, May 15, the Salt River Police Department took part in the Peace Officers Memorial ceremony to recognize 20 fallen tribal officers from throughout Arizona who made the ultimate sacrifice.
SRPD Lt. James Sutphen read the history of the Peace Officer Memorial, explaining that 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, D.C., and other cities to honor those fallen law enforcement officers.
The SRPD officers paid tribute to the 20 tribal police officers by reading their names and giving a moment of silence. Officer Jay Wu raised the U.S. flag at half staff during the memorial ceremony.
The National Peace Officers’ Memorial, located in Washington D.C., honors all of America’s federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Inscribed on the marble walls are the names of more than 19,000 officers, dating back to the first known death in 1792. The names of 252 officers from Arizona are inscribed on the Wall of Honor, along with 82 names of officers from tribal police agencies.
Arizona’s Fallen Tribal Police Officers
John Colvig, White Mountain Apache PD (End of Watch (EOW), 1882)
Albert Sterling, White Mountain 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 Mountain Apache PD (EOW, 1999)
Aaron Peru, San Carlos PD (EOW, 2011)
Darrell Curley, Navajo PD (EOW, 2011)