Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

Fallen Heroes

Phoenix Police BadgeFrom 1928 to the present, the Phoenix Police Department has lost 35 Officers in the line of duty.

Four other Phoenix Police Officers have lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions travelling either to or from work; they are:

  • Officer Scott Smith, January 3, 1997
  • Officer Tim Landers, April 20, 1997
  • Officer Darroll Yoos, December, 22, 2004
  • Officer Jonathan Stuart, August 11, 2007

David Van Glasser

End of Watch, Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police Officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

The homeowner …

John Hobbs

End of Watch, March 3, 2014

Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed on March 3rd, 2014 as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released …

Daryl Raetz

End of Watch, May 19, 2013

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 19, 2013, Officer Daryl Raetz, #8899 and his partner were finishing the processing of the scene from a DUI stop in the area of 51st Avenue and Cambridge. …

Travis Murphy

End of Watch, May 26, 2010 

Officer Travis P. Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night. Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to …

Shane Figueroa

End of Watch, October 25, 2008 

Officer Shane Figueroa was killed in an automobile collision while responding to a call. Officer Figueroa was northbound on 19th Avenue near Roeser Road responding to a shots fired call when a truck turned …

Nicki (Nick) James Erfle

End of Watch, September 18, 2007 

Officer Nick Erfle was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, one block north of Thomas Road. One man gave a fictitious name that …

George Valentino Cortez

End of Watch, July 27, 2007 

At approximately 8:30 pm, Officer Cortez responded to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a check-cashing business on 83rd Avenue, near Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business …

K9 Top

End of Watch: March 13, 2007

K9 Top died of heat exhaustion when he was left in his crate inside the cab of an unmarked patrol pickup truck as his handler went inside of the police station.

K9 Top was …