Commander Joseph Allen Goldsmith

Commander Joseph Allen Goldsmith

Apache County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Joseph Allen Goldsmith

Commander Joseph Goldsmith succumbed to injuries incurred when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while escorting a race known as the "Law Enforcement Run for the Wall." He was escorting the runners between Tuba City to Window Rock, Arizona.

During the escort, he lost control of his motorcycle when it struck a gravel shoulder of Highway 264. He suffered severe injuries in the accident and died.

Commander Goldsmith was a US Air Force veteran. He had served with the Apache County Sheriff's Office for 5 years, and had previously served with the Arizona Department of Corrections for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Apache 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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My first troop. He took me to his hometown for a break. The family and friends treated me like they’ve known me forever. So much fun such a great man. One of my favorite military stories. Gerrys pizzas were the best... I didn’t know this happened I’m devastated. I would like to contact the family if you see this. Loved this kid and his family. Last person I saw when I left the Air Force academy. RIP my friend....

Sgt mike Gonyea
USAF Academy

June 21, 2021

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