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Honoring their Sacrifice

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Fallen Officers for the Month of February


On February 5, 1925, Officer Haze Burch became the first Phoenix Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Burch was shot by two men attempting to siphon gasoline from a car. The two suspects were wanted in Texas for murder of a Sheriff's deputy and in Montana for the murder of an officer. Both suspects were eventually captured.

One of the suspects was convicted in Arizona of murdering Officer Burch and hanged on January 8, 1926. The other was convicted in Texas of murdering Deputy Morgan and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Burch was survived by his wide and three young children. It would  be 27 years before another officer was killed in the line of duty.




On Feburary 19, 1952 Officer Walter H. Stewart was killed when a truck turned in front of his police motorcycle at 2000 East Washington Street. The driver fled the scene by was later arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Thereafter Phoenix motor officers were required to wear helmets while on duty.

Officer Stewart was 30 years old at the time of his death and survived by a wife and two children.



Both Officer Burch and Officer Stewart were hired before the implementation of serial numbers for the Phoenix Police Department.



On February 22, 1976, Police Guard John F. Macinnis, #A513 suffered a heart attack while in foot pursuit of a suspect at Sky Harbor International Airport. A citizen stopped and rendered aid to Guard Macinnia. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died  a short time later.

Police Guard Macinnis was 58 years old and had been a Police Guard for nine years. He was survived by his wife, thirteen children and five grandchildren.





Fallen Officers listed by year

List of all 37 Phoenix Police Department Fallen Officers

The Phoenix Police Department also remembers the sacrifice our K9s have made while serving our communities.

Rosco - EOW July 14, 1984

Hunter - EOW October 20, 1994

Dax - EOW April 17, 1996

R.J.- EOW August 13, 2005

Related Organizations

100 Club of Arizona

Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors

Arizona Peace Officers Memorial

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Officer Down Memorial Page

Phoenix Police Historical Markers

Phoenix Police Honor Guard

Phoenix Police Museum



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