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Police Officer Donald Ralph Schultz | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Donald Ralph Schultz

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 4410

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 5/10/2004

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Schultz drowned in a canal in North Phoenix while searching for evidence in a murder case.

Officer Schultz was a master diver and part of the department's nine-member dive team. On May 10, 2004, the team entered a canal in North Phoenix, near 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road, to search for evidence in a murder investigation. While in the water, Officer Schultz was separated from his tender line and was pulled into the canal gate. He was under water for as long as 10 minutes without a breathing device. Rescuers pried open the canal's gate and freed him from the 1-foot opening where he had become trapped.

Officer Schultz was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain, where he remained in critical condition on life support. His family elected to remove him from life support on the afternoon of May 12, 2004, following two days of intensive efforts to revive him.

Officer Schultz had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 20 years. In addition to his duties as a member of the dive team, Officer Schultz also served full time as a helicopter pilot for the Phoenix Police Department.

Officer Schultz was survived by his wife and mother.

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It's been a long time since I've logged into this site, but you know we think of you every day. Jo appreciates the pennies you send her way and knows they are from you. Our family added two more grandchildren this summer and Paul named his daughter Eva after Mom. Both my sons share the love of outdoors and camping, fishing and are passing it on the their kids the way Dad did for us. Your first camping trip was when you were three months old in the old Tonto Creek campground. They just reopened part of it for tent only camping. I also think of that bear still free in Alaska and all the other things that could have been. You always were and still are loved Little Brother.

It may seem odd to share personal memories here, but your commitment to duty was something you shared with family and your brothers and sisters in peace keeping and it is caring about people that its all about.

Linda Shalhout
August 4, 2014


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