On Thursday, May 9, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles received the honor of speaking at the 2013 Pinal County Fallen Officer Dedication Ceremony, remembering the lives of the brave men and women in uniform killed in the line of duty and recognizing the families of those individuals.
Serving as the Pinal County Attorney and working directly with federal and state officials, Sheriff Babeu and his deputies, local police chiefs and their officers, Voyles knows the hard work and dedication the trained men and women in law enforcement encounter on a daily basis. At the Ceremony, he shared instances where the dedication of law enforcement positively impacted lives and signified their willingness to sacrifice for the betterment and safety of those in our community.
The Fallen Officer Ceremony leads into National Police Week, which is Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th and represents a time when the nation pauses to reflect on and to celebrate the lives of fallen officers. During this week, the country also thanks those continuing to serve and protect our communities and families in law enforcement capacities.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours. Whether performing a traffic stop or pursuing a known, armed, and dangerous fugitive, no task or assignment is routine for the law enforcement officers and deputies who devote their lives to upholding law and order and protecting lives in spite of the potential risks they face.
“With the 2013 National Police Week upon us, I hope Pinal County and our nation take a moment to appreciate the professionalism, relentless dedication, and selfless sacrifice the men and women of the badge provide in service to our communities,” stated Pinal County Attorney Voyles. “These fallen men and women, sworn to uphold the laws and protect us, and the families they leave behind deserve recognition for the sacrifice they made and continue to make,” continued Voyles.
As recent as, on Monday, May 6, 2013, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Tim Huffman, based out of Yuma, became the most recent member of Arizona’s fallen officers. Officer Huffman served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 14 years and as a member of the Arizona Army National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers go to Huffman’s family, Director Halliday and all of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. His loss represents a loss for the greater-Yuma community and state,” Voyles offered.
The following, details those individuals, who lost their life in selfless devotion and are commended and recognized for their sacrifice to our community:
- Agent Michael V. Gallagher, United States Border Patrol, September 2, 2010
- Sergeant Tate Allan Lynch, Casa Grande Police Department, October 25, 2007
- Officer Armando Reyes, Gila River Police Department, October 24, 2007
- Detention Officer Richard P. Gowanlock, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, January 29, 2004
- Sergeant Donald Lee Mauldin, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, August 24, 2002
- Agent Roberto J. Duran, United States Border Patrol, May 6, 2002
- Deputy Jason Patrick Lopez, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, May 4, 2001
- Officer Michael S. Delgado, Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department, April 9, 1998
- Deputy William Livingston, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, June 1, 1996
- Sergeant Ronald E. Kelley, Ak-Chin Police Department, November 20, 1995
- Corrections Officer Robert K. Barchey, Department of Corrections, November 15, 1993
- Sergeant Mark M. Dryer, Department of Public Safety, July 3, 1993
- Sergeant Kevin T. Lewis, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pima, January 16, 1993
- Officer Johnny E. Garcia, Department of Public Safety, October 14, 1989
- Corporal James A. Ross, Mammoth Police Department, June 10, 1988
- Officer Russell Lowell Duncan, Apache Junction Police Department, November 9, 1983
- Chief Milton P. Antone, Ak-Chin Police Department, April 14, 1983
- Agent Victor Ochoa, United States Border Patrol, March 11, 1983
- Corrections Officer Dale E. Morey, Department of Corrections, June 22, 1973
- Corrections Officer Theodore Buckley, Department of Corrections, June 22, 1973
- Agent George White, Narcotics Strike Force, March 25, 1973
- Deputy James Melvin Morgan, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, February 25, 1973
- Corrections Officer James Steiner, Department of Corrections, September 18, 1967
- Deputy Carlos Escamilla, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, May 14, 1955
- Deputy Edward Smith, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, August 3, 1948
- Deputy Samuel Dow Blackwell, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, June 6, 1943
- Deputy Jack Hickox, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, June 8, 1938
- Deputy Lee Wright, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, January 28, 1930
- Deputy Edwin B. Conoley, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, August 13, 1927
- Deputy Joseph E. Donaldson, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, May 14, 1918
- Deputy William Tenney, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, April 4, 1918
- Deputy John C. Powers, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, November 5, 1914
- Deputy Phineas Brown, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, August 19, 1914
- Deputy Ed Landers Drew, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, May 15, 1911