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Fallen Officers
Yuma County Sheriff's Deputies put their lives on the line every day for the safety and security of our community. This page is dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These brave heroes and their families and loved ones are always in the hearts and minds of those who worked with them, of others who follow in their footsteps and of the public they served.

 

Sr. Deputy Michael B. Meyer

Sr. Deputy Michael B. Meyer

End of Watch: Monday, August 13, 2001
Tour of Duty:  4 years

On August 13, 2001 at approximately 2:25 p.m., the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call stating there had been an accident involving a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle at milepost 54 on U.S. Highway 95, north of Yuma. Read more>>

 

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Deputy Sheriff Walter Henry Akers

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 4, 1948
Tour of Duty:  Not available

Deputy Akers was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man, Jack Franklin, at the Parker train depot.  Franklin had not been allowed to board the westbound Santa Fe train because he was drunk. Read more>>

 

Sylvester Villa

Deputy Sheriff Sylvester Castillo Villa

End of Watch: Saturday, January 24, 1948
Tour of Duty:  13 years

Deputy Villa was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect.  He and two other deputies had tracked the suspect to a river, where they lost the track. The other two deputies returned to the patrol car and...Read more>>

 

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Deputy Sheriff Fred Kiser

End of Watch:  Wednesday, February 20, 1907
Tour of Duty:  Not available

Deputy Sheriff Fred Kiser was shot in the chest with his own revolver when he was attacked by two men in his bunk house at Harqua Hala camp the night of February 19, 1907. He died the next morning. Read more>>

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Undersheriff Matthew Bailey DeVane

End of Watch:  Tuesday, January 8, 1901
Tour of Duty:  Not available

Undersheriff Devane was summoned by Paul Moretti who told him that someone had stolen a case of liquor from his store. Undersheriff Devane and Moretti then went to the area of Main Street and Second in downtown Yuma. Read more>>

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Sheriff James T. Dana

End of Watch:  Wednesday, September 20, 1871
Tour of Duty:  3 years

Sheriff Dana, along with a posse, went into a river bottom to arrest an Indian named Big Charlie for killing a woman in Arizona City (Yuma). In a shootout involving the posse and the local Indians, a cousin of Big Charlie's shot....Read more>>

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Sheriff Cornelius Sage

End of Watch:  Wednesday, May 3, 1865
Tour of Duty:  5 months

Sheriff Sage was shot and killed when he and two associates were ambushed by Yavapai Apache tribe members. The three were en route to Prescott, Arizona, on official business when the ambush took place.


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