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First Phx Officer Killed on Duty Honored with Refurbished Headstonehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1027Police3/11/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/-CccZ88oZMMFirst Phx Officer Killed on Duty Honored with Refurbished Headstone<div class="ExternalClass9EDA5D05D91F4A558E7057A5705F1526"><html>Born in 1884, William Hazelton "Haze" Burch grew up to become a Phoenix Police Officer during the early days of law enforcement in Arizona. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img style="margin:5px;width:222px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Haze%20Burch.jpg" /><br><br>Shortly after midnight on on February 5, 1925 Officer Burch was on patrol in the area near 7th Street & Jefferson.  He saw two young men siphoning gas from a car.  "He was a stern man," said his grandson Frank Haze Burch, "but he was a very kind man and a peacemaker." <br><br>Frank Burch says his grandpa approached the two men and said "good evening boys just in an attempt to not alarm them or not to rile them up."<br><br>What Officer Burch didn't realize was the two brothers were suspects in two separate law enforcement murders. One suspect murdered Fort Worth Deputy Sheriff Joseph Morgan in Texas, and the other murdered Montana Officer Charles Wilson. <br><p>Peacemaking tactics didn't work and Haze Burch as was shot.</p><p>The young men took off running.<br><br>Phoenix was a small town at the time, with just 35,000 people.  As the story was told to his grandson, gunshots were rare. "Dad actually heard the gunshots and it frightened him, he was only five and so he ran into his Mom's bedroom and she told him 'I think that's your Dad'." <img style="margin:5px;width:227px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Haze%20Burch%20Family.jpg" /><br><br>They sat on the bed and waited for officers to show up at the house with the news Haze had been shot.<br><br>After the shooting, Officer Burch told the police chief he knew he wasn't going to survive and asked that they take care of his wife and babies.  He passed away at 7 p.m. that evening.<br><br>The two suspects were eventually captured and prosecuted.<br><br> Now, 95 years later, Phoenix Officer "Haze" Burch is taking his important place in the history of Phoenix with the restoration of his original tombstone and a new gravesite memorial marker donated by the <a href="https://www.foundationofretiredpoliceofficers.com/" target="_blank">Foundation of Retired Police Officers</a> (FORPO). <br><br>The re-dedication ceremony is set for Sunday March 15 at 1 p.m. at Greenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren.<br><br>Grandson Frank Burch will be present for the gravesite dedication along with additional Burch family members. Also attending to honor Officer Burch will be many retired officers who were early and recent members of the Phoenix Police Department.  Media and the public are also invited to attend.<br><br><br>This story comes to the Phoenix Newsroom through a partnership with the Foundation of Retired Police Officers<br>Executive Board of Directors:<br> Joyce Hubler, Executive Director/Founder/Retired Police Detective <br> Stan Hoover, Executive Director/Retired Police Lieutenant <br> Edward Catlett, Financial Director/Retired Phoenix Police <br> Becky Rice, Health & Welfare Chair/Former Phoenix Officer/Retired Retail Investigator </p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice@Foundation_of_Retired_Police_OfficersLine of Duty Death, Phoenix Police, Foundation of Retired Police OfficersPolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice

 

 

Nominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/2775Equal Opportunity5/28/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2775/Newsroom_EOD_035.jpgNominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards <div class="ExternalClass45DB9EB98E384B5AA4FE4D2175B36DBC"><html> <p>Recognizing ability, advocacy, accessibility, and achievements since 1993, the Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues has a proud history of honoring champions in the disability community that make a tremendous impact in the Valley.  <br></p><p>The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and the City of Phoenix are proud sponsors of the Disability Awards and Recognition Event (D.A.R.E.). The event honors exceptional individuals, organizations, and businesses for their dedication and service to people with disabilities.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>The award ceremony is held annually to recognize award winners that made a commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents and communities of Phoenix. It is our hope this will inspire others to emulate the honorees and provide inclusivity for the community of Phoenix.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Award categories include Architectural, Business, Community Service, Outstanding Educator, and the Det. Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award. Self-nominations are encouraged! Nominate yourself or others/businesses that demonstrate a commitment to community. D.A.R.E. award nominees represent the very best of Arizona.</p><p>Showcase the amazing work of individuals and businesses by nominating someone for the D.A.R.E Awards today! Nominations need to be submitted <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUQlY3QUU0VkpFT1NMV001NzVIOVdMSjRYTC4u&wdLOR=c74825640-F7DE-4979-9E8E-0BE38E5B8BBE" target="_blank">online</a> by July 31. For more information, call 602-534-1279.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Enjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgEnjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass40C168040722424893A66EDF1A4DE7F0"><html> <p>​On June 2nd, the City of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a  great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride<br></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'edav Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'edav Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'edav Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.      </p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Phoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass3ABEAA7FF79940658F34287C8A5A0B52"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <p> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces. <br></p> <p> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project. <br></p> <p> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews

 

 

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