Deputy Ralph K. Butler

Deputy Ralph K. Butler

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, June 12, 1972

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Ralph K. Butler

Deputy Ralph Butler was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 60 about 12 miles west of Wickenburg.

Deputy Butler received a radio call for assistance at the scene of a fatal crash. After turning his car around off the pavement, he pulled back on the road directly in the path of a large tractor-trailer. The impact caused him to become pinned in the wreckage. It took more than 1-1/2 hours for an ambulance to respond from Phoenix because the local emergency vehicles were at the scene of the original crash 25 miles away.

Deputy Butler was transported to a hospital in Wickenburg before being flown to Phoenix for surgery. He succumbed to his injuries the following evening.

Deputy Butler had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife and two children. His father served as a police officer for the Wickenburg Police Department.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 11, 1972

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Deputy Butler,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Maricopa County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 12, 2022

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