Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Frank Edwin Howard

Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, November 8, 1973

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Frank Edwin Howard

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 8, 2020

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 8, 2012

My uncle, Deputy Don Heilman was taken as well on that day. I was a teenager and had moved away from Kingman when it happened. I was then and still am very proud of my Uncle Don, as well as his brother Bill Heilman,my father, who both served their country as well as the people of Kingman. They loved being in the military and loved being Deputies in Kingman. Don't think they make men like that much anymore.

Julie Walters
Niece and daughter

February 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for those who love and miss you. The reflection left by your son is a testament to your character and selflessness. This reflection is sent with the deepest respect for the supreme sacrifice you and your family made on November 8, 1973 in service to your community and the citizens of Arizona. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 8, 2010

May god bless you rest in peace


September 11, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


November 2, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Howard. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

I want to thank the son of this deputy and veteran who left the preceding tribute. May officer Howard rest in peace.


July 24, 2005

Frank Howard was my father. He served his country valiantly during WWII and went on to become an attorney and a judge after the war.
We moved to Kingman, AZ in the early 60's and he set up a private practice. Being an avid pilot with his own Cessna 172, he was a member fo the air posse, using his airplane to assist local and state law enforcement agencies with situations in Mohave County when needed.

He was called out early on the morning of November 8, 1973 to search for multiple accused murders who had escaped from the Mohave County Jail that morning. Accompanied by Deputy Don Heilman (sp?), my father began his search shortly after daybreak. They took off around 7:00 a.m. and began searching the mountain ranges near town. Nobody knows for sure what happened, but the airplane he was piloting crashed in the mountains north of town, both were killed instantly.

My mother said that the last thing he said as he left the house was, "I'll be back... they need my help".

I thank my father for showing me that gallentry and honor are the only things that you can carry to your grave. He also showed me that law enforcement agencies are staffed by tireless, dedicated individuals who approach their duties with passion and commitment.

Every time I see a law enforcement officer, from any branch, I think of my father and his words of wisdom.

I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to all law enforcement officers for their dedication and often thankless pursuits to keep the population safe.

Thank you.

William Howard

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