Sergeant Patrick Joseph Riley

Sergeant Patrick Joseph Riley

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, March 11, 1994

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Patrick Joseph Riley

Sergeant Patrick Riley was struck and killed while directing traffic in a construction zone at N 64th Street and E University Drive.

He was standing in the middle of the intersection with four-way flashing red lights. After waving through a double tractor-trailer to turn left around him, he turned his attention to a car approaching the intersection. His shirt became caught on the fender of the tractor-trailer, dragging him under the dual tires.

Sergeant Riley had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, and siblings.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 679

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic

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It's been 30 years since you left us.
I miss you terribly and Love you more than life itself, I always will.
I am so sorry I did not protect you more, and this would never have happened.
After we talked and you shared why you had no choice about doing off duty jobs, I should have addressed it more with you.
I have not forgiven myself to this day and never will.
I felt very uneasy that morning, and I was pacing back and forth and had no idea why, until the phone rang and I got the horrible news that you were gone! I completely fell apart, and blamed myself immediately and still do and will until we meet again.
My health is not the best this last 5 years, so who knows when I will see you.
Please look out for Buddy, my Best Friend, my yellow lab that just passed away from a brain infection, you will Love him, in fact, you have already met him, he died Dec 17th, 23, which just ripped my heart out, just like when I lost you!
I was mad at you for a long time Pat, for dying on me, and it took a very long time to come to terms with it all.
You were very smart, in most things, except one, which cost you your life.
We were all hurt repeatedly after your death.
It tore Mom apart and was very hurtful to all of your family.
I Love you and Miss you more than anything every day, and as you know I always talk to you when it's a full moon.
One day I will make sure of the truth, you deserve that, and you know I am good for it!
Mom is with you now, I don't have to tell you, and also pls look out for Buddy, I miss and love him so very much!
Love you always Pat, I will see you when it's God's time!
Speak your mind from now on, it cost you everything!
Love, Mike

Michael C Riley(Pat's Twin)
Lt U.S. Army
30th Anniversary of Pat's avoidable death!
I should have protected you more, I'm sorry Pat!
I love/miss you!

February 25, 2024

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