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Deputy Edwardo M. Gonzales | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

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Edwardo M. Gonzales

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Monday, August 28, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Gonzales was killed in an accident while en route to join the pursuit of two burglary suspects. He swerved to avoid a car and slammed into a parked cement truck.

Deputy Gonzales had worked as a corrections officer before becoming a deputy sheriff.

Deputy Gonzales is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.

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Eddie, you perished on my watch, sir. For that I ask for your forgiveness. I should have taught you better. I tried and we were a still a work in progress. I suspect your "life contract" was just shorter than many of ours.

I no longer carry the guilt of a young rookie dying in the manner you did. I carry the fond memories of your engagement, dedication to truly protect and serve, and your continual support of your squad and us all.

You perished doing what you loved doing. It was evident every day that you had finally found your calling, and at a much younger age than most of us. You did your job well, always to the best of your abilities and what more can anyone ever ask of another person? You always tried to do the right thing and for that we all admired and respected you. I still do.

I hope to see you again on the other side. Until then, Semper Fi.

Sergeant Russell Kimball
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
July 9, 2016

 

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