Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

Fallen Heroes

From 1928 to the present, the Phoenix Police Department has lost 38 Officers in the line of duty.

Four other Phoenix Police Officers have lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions traveling 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

Paul Rutherford

End of Watch, March 21, 2019

Police Officer Paul Rutherford died from injuries received when he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road at approximately 8:15 am.

While investigating an unrelated traffic …

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 …

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 …

Marc Todd Atkinson

End of Watch, March 26, 1999

On March 26th, 1999, Officer Atkinson was following a suspicious vehicle with three male occupants in the area of 30th Avenue and Catalina. The driver lured Officer Atkinson into an industrial area where he …