Deputy Marshal Richard C. White

Deputy Marshal Richard C. White

Colorado City Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 1987

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Richard C. White

Deputy Marshal Richard White was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a suspect's vehicle during a pursuit that had started in Utah. The suspect had been pursued by deputies in Utah for 175 miles and entered Arizona. Marshal White and two Mohave County deputies had setup a roadblock in Colorado City, but the suspect was able to avoid it.

Marshal White joined in the pursuit. When the suspect observed a second roadblock setup by the Arizona Department of Public Safety he turned the car around and headed back towards Utah. Shortly after turning around the suspect's vehicle struck Marshal White's vehicle head-on.

Marshal White had previously served as a auxiliary deputy for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife and thirteen children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I think a lot of you and your sacrifices. Knowing you served our country as a Military Police at Camp Jessup, South Korea. Then again, when you took a job for Mohave County, Arizona. And your final job, for The Town of Colorado City, Arizona when they incorporated.

While I, and countless others, enjoyed our sleep in our comfortable beds you were out facing a threat to society we know nothing of.

Though I was only eleven, when you made the ultimate sacrifice, I will always cherish every memory, and life lesson, with you. I love your ready smile and guiding hand. Thank you for taking the time to teach me to fish and appreciate and respect the outdoors.

Thank you for helping me see my need to step up and be a help to my Mother. And thank you for your last and encouraging words to me "Put away your childish things and be a help to your mother". I quickly learned to make my mother my best friend!

I will remember your sacrifice forever. It is the reason I volunteered as a firefighter and an EMT in our community for so many years. The reason I took a job in our municipal government. And, as the fourth of thirteen children, the reason I influenced others of my siblings to be involved in community service.

I love you and will miss you always Father.

Firefighter, EMT Heber B. White
Hildale/Colorado City Fire Department and Town of Colorado City, AZ.

September 3, 2021

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