Our Fallen Heroes

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

A Hero’s Welcome by Robert Longley

Time to come home dear brother; Your tour of duty is through; You’ve given more than anyone; Could be expected to do; Just a few steps further; The smoke will start to clear; Others here will guide you; You have no need to fear; You have not failed your brothers; You clearly gave it all; And through your selfless actions; Others will hear the call; So take your place of honor now; Among those who have gone before; And KNOW that you will be remembered; Both now and forevermore.

We honor all Arizonan First Responders who lost their lives while performing their duties.

MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

We will be honoring 52 fallen First Responders this year. One was killed by assault, two lost their lives to cancer, thirty-seven were lost to COVID-19, three to gunfire, two to a medical condition, three to PTSD suicide three to being struck by a vehicle and one to a vehicle collision.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

SALT RIVER POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER JAIR CABRERA END OF WATCH 05/24/2014

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INCIDENT RESPONSE UNIT MEMBER FRANK DORIZIO END OF WATCH 03/04/2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICER BYRON FIELDS END OF WATCH 01/20/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION, PROBATION OFFICER JOHN GILBERT END OF WATCH 02/21/2021

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER RUBEN FACIO END OF WATCH 07/17/2021

GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER LONNIE DURHAM END OF WATCH 08/01/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER STEFAN JURCA END OF WATCH 08/04/2021

BULLHEAD CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT LIEUTENANT NICK SESSIONS, U.S. ARMY VETERAN,  END OF WATCH 08/06/2021

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT SERGEANT AMANDA VOSS END OF WATCH 08/07/2021

PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER MATHEW HEFTER END OF WATCH 08/7/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER ALICIA DAWN CARTER END OF WATCH 08/09/2021

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT CHAD McBROOM END OF WATCH 8/29/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER KENNETH DEDAMOS END OF WATCH: 09/02/2021

PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT SERGEANT THOMAS CRAIG END OF WATCH: 09/03/2021

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFFICER RICHARD RAMIREZ, U.S. MARINE VETERAN END OF WATCH 09/05/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER KENDALL LEROY THOMAS END OF WATCH 09/10/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION LIEUTENANT THOMAS WIERSCHEM END OF WATCH 09/10/2021

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT LUIS DOMINGUEZ END OF WATCH 09/23/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER MATTHEW HALE END OF WATCH 09/24/2021

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT ALFREDO M. IBARRA END OF WATCH 09/27/2021

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AGENT MICHAEL G. GARBO END OF WATCH 10/04/2021

MOHAVE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER ANTHONY NICOLETTI END OF WATCH 10/11/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTY JUAN M. RUIZ END OF WATCH 10/11/2021

LA PAZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERGEANT MICHAEL D. RUDD END OF WATCH 10/11/2021

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT ANIBAL A. PEREZ END OF WATCH 11/05/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LIEUTENANT CHAD BRACKMAN END OF WATCH 11/10/2021

MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER MITCHELL WINTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN, END OF WATCH 11/12/2021

PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTY CHRISTOPHER CAMPAS, MILITARY VETERAN, END OF WATCH 11/20/2021

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVE JASON SOUTHARD, END OF WATCH 11/26/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTY SHARI GARNER END OF WATCH 11/26/2021

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CORRECTIONAL OFFICER CECIL BAIRD SR., U.S. MARINE VETERAN, END OF WATCH 11/28/2021

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT MARTIN BARRIOS, U.S. NAVY VETERAN, END OF WATCH 11/29/2021

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVE JUSTIN GILBERT END OF WATCH 12/03/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER HERMINIA DATINGALING END OF WATCH 12/11/2021

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CORRECTIONAL OFFICER TOMAS AYALA END OF WATCH 12/14/2021

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CAPTAIN SHAWN BRAATEN END OF WATCH 12/16/2021

CHANDLER POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER JEREMY MARTIN WILKINS END OF WATCH 12/17/2021

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CORRECTIONAL OFFICER ALBERTO RAMIREZ END OF WATCH 12/30/2021

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS LIEUTENANT DANIEL OROSCO END OF WATCH 01/01/2022

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER JASON CUDE, U.S. ARMY VETERAN, END OF WATCH 01/02/2022

CASA GRANDE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER JESUS “CHUY” LARA END OF WATCH 01/04/2022

WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE POLICE OFFICER ADRIAN LOPEZ END OF WATCH 06/02/2022

YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERGEANT RICHARD LOPEZ END OF WATCH 06/28/2022

FIREFIGHTERS & EMERGENCY MEDICAL

PHOENIX FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER MIGUEL ANGULO LAST ALARM 09/05/2021

VERDE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER TYRONE BELL LAST ALARM 10/18/2021

DREXEL HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT CAPTAIN SAMUEL CRINER END OF WATCH 11/04/2021

FLAGSTAFF FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER CLAYTON DILLHUNTY END OF WATCH 11/07/2021

GUARDIAN MEDICAL TRANSPORT PARAMEDIC LARRY NEAL LAST ALARM 11/12/2021

MESA FIRE-MEDICAL DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER/ENGINEER TREVOR MADRID LAST ALARM 11/14/2021

SAN LUIS FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER/EMT ROBERT FERNANDEZ LAST ALARM 02/05/2022

BUCKEYE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINEER BRIAN MILLER LAST ALARM 02/07/22

SALT RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT EMT BERNDAN BESSEE END OF WATCH 04/08/2022

SUN CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER SHANE GODBEHERE LAST ALARM 06/12/2022

Live A Life That Matters by Michael Josephson

Ready or Not…Someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more Sunrises, No Minutes, Hours or Days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to Someone Else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.  It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and To-Do Lists will all expire. The wins and losses that once seemed So Important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.   Even your gender and Skin Color will be irrelevant. So, What Will Matter? How will the Value of your days be measured? What will matter is Not what you bought… but What You Built; Not what you got… But What You Gave! What will matter is Not your Success… But Your Significance. What will matter is Not what you learned, But What You Taught. What will matter is every act of Integrity, Compassion, Courage Or Sacrifice that Enriched, Empowered Or Encouraged Others to emulate Your Example. What will matter is Not your Competence… But Your Character. What will matter is Not how many people you knew… But how many will feel a Lasting Loss when you’re gone. What will matter is Not your memories… But the Memories that live on in those who Loved You. What will matter is How Long you will be Remembered, By Whom and For What. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s Not a matter of Circumstance… But Of Choice. Choose To Live A Life That Matters! The records we have obtained dating back to 1865, when Arizona was still a territory there have been 2,127 military personnel, 376 law enforcement officers, 134 firefighters and emergency medical personnel, 53 highway zone workers, 30 police K-9’s and 7 tow truck operators who lost their lives while performing their duties. During our memorial motorcycle runs, we honor the memories of our fallen and will never allow them to be forgotten!

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