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Deputy Ralph K. Butler | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

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Ralph K. Butler

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 1972

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 6/13/1972

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy Butler was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer. Deputy Butler received a radio call for assistance at fatal accident. After turning his car around off the pavement, he pulled back on the road directly in the path of a large tractor-trailer rig.
Pinned in the wreckage, Deputy Butler waited more than an hour and a half for an ambulance to come from Phoenix because the local emergency vehicles were in service twenty-five miles away at the earlier accident. After emergency treatment in Wickenburg Deputy Butler was taken by helicopter to Phoenix for surgery, but the next evening he died of injuries received in the collision.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 19, 2012

 

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