The Latest: Fallen Arizona trooper’s mom touched by memorial
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on memorial services for fallen law enforcement officers (all times local):
The mother of an Arizona state trooper who was shot and killed last year says it’s an honor to see his name on a memorial and it gives her another place to go and remember her son.
Deborah Edenhofer was embraced by Gov. Doug Ducey after Monday’s annual ceremony honoring fallen officers. Trooper Tyler Edenhofer’s name was placed on the Department of Public Safety memorial alongside 29 others who have died in the line of duty since 1958.
Ducey said Edenhofer and the other fallen troopers knew that any call could be their last yet they chose to serve Arizona anyway.
The governor also plans to attend an evening ceremony at the state Capitol honoring all fallen officers. Edenhofer, a Nogales officer and a U.S. marshal will be honored.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety plans to honor the latest state trooper to die in the line of duty at its annual memorial ceremony for fallen officers.
Gov. Doug Ducey and DPS Col. Frank Milstead will speak at Monday morning’s event. The ceremony at DPS headquarters will add a plaque for 24-year-old Tyler Edenhofer to those memorializing 29 other troopers who have been killed on the job since 1958.
Edenhofer had been on the job for just 52 days when he was shot July 25 by a suspect who grabbed another trooper’s handgun during a struggle on a Phoenix-area freeway.
Ducey also plans on Monday evening to attend the annual service held at the state Capitol to honor all Arizona peace officers who have died on duty.