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Havasu police officers remember officers nationwide who died in line of duty

May 17, 2019

In more than four decades, no Lake Havasu City Police officer has died in the line of duty. On Wednesday, however, officers attended an informal gathering to recognize officers and departments nationwide who weren’t so fortunate.

There were few somber words spoken as officers arrived at the Lake Havasu City Council Chambers Wednesday morning, joined by Lake Havasu City Councilman David Lane and Suddenlink Regional Vice President Michael Horton. Horton provided breakfast to officers at the gathering, with juice and breakfast burritos offered in appreciation of efforts by local law enforcement.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day has been observed May 15 every year since 1962, when it was created to commemorate the sacrifice of fallen police officers. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 158 peace officers were killed nationwide in 2018.

President Trump issued a May 10 White House proclamation to announce the start of National Police Week, and invited U.S. residents to show their appreciation for officers.

“Our nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength,” Trump said. “They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty and our lives. We owe them and their families our full and enduring support.”

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department also observes National Peace Officers Memorial Day each year, alongside the Bullhead City Police Department. According to Mohave County Sheriff’s Public Information Specialist Anita Mortenson, only one deputy was killed in the line of duty: Phillip Rodriguez, who died April 21, 2007 in a single-vehicle motor accident.