Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Statements on the Passing of Sheriff Larry Dever

Statement on the Passing of Sheriff Larry Dever

PHOENIXJeff Flake made the following statement regarding the tragic news that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever died late Tuesday in an accident:

“Today Arizonans mourn the unexpected loss of Sheriff Larry Dever. Larry was a true leader among lawmen -- committed to the law, his community, and his state. We are grateful for Larry’s quiet, effective leadership on border security and his desire to protect the residents of Cochise County and southern Arizona. Cheryl and I will miss his friendship. We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Larry’s wife Nancy and the entire Dever family.”

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer
Grieving the Loss of Sheriff Dever
“Like all Arizonans, I was shocked to learn this morning that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever had been killed hours earlier in a one-car accident while traveling in northern Arizona. True to form for this husband, father of six and grandfather, he was reportedly en route to meet several members of his family for a Fall hunting and camping trip in the Arizona high country.
“I had known Sheriff Dever for well over a decade, stretching back to my days with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. I’ll remember him in his cowboy hat – soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, but firm in his beliefs and steady in his service to the law. In the truest sense, Sheriff Dever was a Western lawman and country gentleman.
“Arizona has lost a leader of more than three decades in our law enforcement community. My thoughts and prayers today – and those of Arizonans, I am sure – are with his wife, Nancy, their children, friends and colleagues as they cope with this terrible loss.
“In honor of Sheriff Larry Albert Dever and his 34 years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona, and for the peace of mind he has provided the citizens of Cochise County, I have ordered that flags at all State buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset today, September 19, 2012, and again on his day of interment, for which services are pending.”
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) issued the following joint statement on the death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever:
"We were deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of our friend Larry Dever. We spent a great deal of time at the border with Sheriff Dever and know first-hand his long commitment to keeping the people of our state safe. We also admired Sheriff Dever's strength to speak out when he believed more needed to be done to secure our border.
"Sheriff Dever was not only a leader in Cochise County, but also across Arizona and throughout the law enforcement community. Sheriff Dever was a man of honor, integrity, and selfless service to the State of Arizona. He will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, their sons, and the rest of Dever family."

Statement from Representative Paul Gosar on Death of Sheriff Dever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) released the following statement after learning of the fatal accident involving Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
“With the sudden passing of Sheriff Dever last night, Arizona lost a true believer in justice and a great man. My wife Maude and I send our condolences to the Dever family, our thoughts and prayers are with them. Cochise County and Arizona lost an experienced and outspoken public servant who fought to keep our community safe.”
Sheriff Dever served 34-years as a Cochise County law enforcement veteran. He was elected to his first term as Sheriff in 1996, following a distinguished 20-year career working in the trenches of Cochise County law enforcement. Entering the profession as a deputy in 1976, Sheriff Dever rose through the ranks from sergeant to major before successfully seeking political office and being re-elected to a fourth term in the year 2008.

Martha McSally's Statement on the death of Larry Dever
Tucson - Today, Martha McSally released the following statement on the tragic death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever last night.
Martha McSally:
"My prayers and deepest condolences go out to the Dever family, the officers who served by his side, and to the people of Cochise County. I am heartbroken by this tragedy and loss of a great American. Sheriff Larry Dever served his community and country with honor and steadfastness. He will be greatly missed."

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