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Undersheriff Martin R. Kempton

Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, February 9, 1918

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Reflections for Undersheriff Martin R. Kempton

No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always and know that your law enforcement family will never forget.

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

February 9, 2021

My mother did some research on the Kempton side of the family. I have the book "The Evaders" by Mr. McBride. Martin Kempton was my great grandfather. Eugene Robert Kempton my grandfather and Loretta Kempton Sexton, my mother

Brenda Sexton Jackson
Great granddaughter

June 2, 2020

Rest in peace Undersheriff Kempton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 27, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten on the 100th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 9, 2018

Please refer to the book entitled "The miracle of forgiveness" by Spencer W. Kimball. Pages 289-293 inclusive.

The first time I heard this story was in 1980 while I and my son Logan were wallpapering the Glen and Katherine Kempton's kitchen. Bishop Kempton related the story to my son.
I knew Bishop Kempton and his family for manyyears prior to this time.

David Lorenzo Brand
old friend of the Kempton family from Tempe, Az.

January 27, 2017

To the McBride's and the Kempton's, I share your dedication to the memory of these three fallen officers. Kane Wootan was my great Uncle, but we were a close-knit group, and someone always took notes of what transpired in the family, and spoke of them at family gatherings.. I inherited those notes when I became family historian & wrote & sold copies to family members [over 600 of them]. It was a thousand plus page book on the family, stories, happenings like the Power Shootout, pictures, documents & the like, and then made many of my own researches, plus recordings & moving picture film of what I learned from the old timers who were there when this occurred in the Galiuros and in Klondyke events too. Our friends and family there, knew the Power's personally & of their dirty deeds. What you read in these Internet articles and so far in books & documentaries do not touch on the reality of what happened. I am slowly writing a book about the people and the things that led up to the shootout and I need MORE input about your families to do a decent job. To worship these criminals as has been done since the 1960's is criminal in itself! Please CONTACT ME WITH FAMILY INFO, PICTURES, OR QUESTIONS. Millie Wootan Barnes, PO Box 1464, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405

Wootan Family Historian, Millie Wootan B
Kane Wootan my Great Uncle

March 28, 2016

I also thank you for your courage & heroism. Recently my Father, Kirk (direct grandson to Martin Kempton) and 11 of my siblings hiked down into power gardens and to the shoot-out cabin where they were killed. It was an amazing trip that I'll always remember. Lots of history.

Karlee Bingham
Martin Kempton is my Great Granddaddy

June 14, 2014

Thank you for your courage & heroism.

Stacy Kempton Ramirez
Granddaughter of Alvin H. Kempton relation to Martin Kempton

June 9, 2014

You will always be remembered, you were a brave man and I wish you could have lived your life and gotten to know your children and future grandkids. It will be an awesome day when our family will all be together once more.

Tara Bingham Williams

April 16, 2013

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 9, 2013

This man,Martin Kempton, was distant relative. Lived long before my time. Always interesting to find about ones distant heritage. Dick Kempton, Fl.

Dick Kempton

March 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 9, 2012

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over. God please watch over, and tend to the loved ones left behind.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

May 27, 2010

Undersheriff Kempton, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

February 9, 2010

Undersheriff Kempton,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officers for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Graham County.



February 9, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 6, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 26, 2007

Rest in Peace, Undersheriff Kempton. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

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