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Sheriff Stephen Lawrence Ackerman | Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

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Stephen Lawrence Ackerman

Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 26 years

Badge # L1

Cause: Automobile crash

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Sheriff Steve Ackerman was killed in a single vehicle crash on Highway 285, near Encino, in Torrance County.

He was driving to Santa Fe on official business to join other sheriffs from throughout the state as they met with the state legislature.

Sheriff Ackerman had served with the Lea County Sheriff's Office for 14 years and had previously served with the Lea County Detention Center for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and children.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Steve was killed.

To the Ackerman family, his deputies, and all who call Steve beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sheriff Ackerman gave to his community and the citizens of New Mexico, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 17, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
April 25, 2017

 

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