This memorial page is dedicated to Tucson Police officers who paid the ultimate price while serving and protecting our City.


These Officers gave their lives while committed to the motto “To Protect and Serve.”

We honor these brave officers and their families.

Sadly, across the country, many law enforcement officers will lose their lives this year while performing their duties. The Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program, created by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is administered by the National Fraternal Order of Police Foundation to assist the spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Police Officer Erik Hite

Police Officer Erik Hite

End of Watch: Monday, June 2, 2008 Officer Erik Hite succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day by a suspect who had wounded a Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputy. The suspect had fired a rifle into the homes … Continue reading

Police Officer Patrick Hardesty

Patrick Hardesty

End of Watch: Monday, May 26, 2003 Officer Hardesty was shot and killed while investigating a hit-and-run traffic accident in a midtown neighborhood. Shortly after arriving at the scene, Officer Hardesty located a suspect and a struggle ensued in which … Continue reading

Officer Jeffrey H. Ross

Jeffrey Ross

End of Watch: Thursday, February 18, 1982 Officer Ross was shot and killed while leading a team of narcotics officers on a ‘buy/bust’ narcotics raid for cocaine at a local bar. While entering a rear office, the suspect, who was … Continue reading

Officer James Anthony Smith

James Smith

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 28, 1980 Officer Smith was killed in a motorcycle accident after another vehicle struck the rear of his patrol motorcycle near Speedway Boulevard and Plumer Avenue. The impact caused his motorcycle to veer into oncoming … Continue reading

Officer Barry W. Headricks

Barry Headricks

End of Watch: Monday, October 28, 1974 Officer Headricks was shot and killed while participating in a narcotics raid during the day. During the raid he was shot three times. Officer Headricks was able to return fire and wound the … Continue reading

Officer Robert V. Cummins

Robert Cummins

End of Watch: Monday, September 7, 1936 Officer Cummins was killed in a motorcycle accident in Phoenix, Arizona, while escorting an American Legion convention parade. While returning to Tucson his police motorcycle skidded on loose gravel at Van Buren and … Continue reading

Officer William H. Katzenstein

William Katzenstein

End of Watch: Saturday, July 26, 1902 Officer Katzenstein was shot and killed after responding to assist the fire department at a fire. As he was opening a fire hydrant he was ambushed and shot five times by a man … Continue reading

Officer William Elliott

William Elliott

End of Watch: Saturday, July 2, 1892 Officer Elliott was stabbed to death while patrolling Myer Street. Just after midnight he confronted a notorious criminal. The man pulled out a knife and stabbed Officer Elliott in the chest. He was … Continue reading