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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

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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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Today there was a memorial ceremony for 9/11. Many police and firefighters spoke of losing a family member, coworker, and friends in the line of duty and the aftermath of the loss. Most people cannot understand the never ending sorrow and forever altered lives that result from it. How things can become too broken to fix. I stood there with tears in my eyes thinking of how different things might be if you were still here. We speak of you often and remember all the good times. All we have now are memories, but at least they were great ones. You will never be forgotten.

Jennifer Gutman
September 12, 2016


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