Officer Gilbert A. Duthie

Officer Gilbert A. Duthie

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, September 5, 1970

Gilbert A. Duthie

Officer Gilbert Duthie drowned when his patrol car was washed away by flood waters when Sycamore Creek, near Sunflower, Arizona, overflowed.

He was responding to assist stranded citizens due to the flooding. He was driving on the Beeline Highway and did not see that a portion of the bridge had been washed out. His patrol car left the roadway, went into the creek, and was washed away.

A monument in Officer Duthie's honor was placed at the north side of the bridge.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 143

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Officer Duthie,
I also didn't know you but I did know your daughter from school as a child so when I heard about your passing, it hit me hard to imagine what your daughter must have been going through. Every time I see the sign post on the road with your name, I remember back to the day I heard. I remember the details of the bridge out even 48 years later. I honor you and all others like you that serve the people. Where would we be without you?
God bless those you left behind.

Mesa citizen

June 20, 2018

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