Skip to comments.Sheriff Dever dies in single vehicle accident (AZ)
Posted on 09/19/2012 5:25:06 AM PDT by SandRat
It was learned late Tuesday night that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever has died in a single vehicle rollover accident in Coconino County.
Details of what occurred are sketchy as of this hour, but the news was confirmed by Cochise County Supervisor Pat Call at about 11 p.m.
Dever was running unopposed in this falls election for what would have been his fifth term as sheriff. It is unclear at this time what his sudden passing will mean in the electoral process.
The sheriff was more than a local law enforcement official as he took the lead on the national issue of illegal immigration and its impacts not only on Cochise County, but the state of Arizona and nation. Dever testified before Congress on several ccasions regarding these issues and as stated on the countys website he had assumed a leadership role in attempting to bring resolution to related local concerns.
He was on the National Sheriff Associations Board of Directors and was elected because of his strong leadership role in Border Law Enforcement Issues.
The sheriff is a native of Cochise County. He was born and raised in St. David.
He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of six sons. The oldest serves as a major in the U.S. Army, three work for Arizona law enforcement agencies, one as a firefighter, and one attends college. The sheriff died just four days after his 86-year-old mother, Annie Mae Dever, died of cancer.
According to the countys website, Dever was a 34-year Cochise County law enforcement veteran. He was elected to his first term as sheriff in 1996, following a 20-year career working in the trenches of Cochise County law enforcement. Entering the profession as a deputy in 1976, Dever rose through the ranks from sergeant to major before successfully seeking political office and being re-elected to a fourth term in 2008.
He was probably depressed over the death of his Mother and not paying attention. That happens more than not.
Very bad news.
Prayers up for his loved ones, and the people he served.
I hope the “sketchy details” don’t turn into anything other than this was an accident.
This man stood with Arizona. He will be missed.
Don’t think so, Gov Brewer liked him and the Evil Witch Napolitano was in D.C.
Kinda reminds me of this guy:
Oh, how tragic. My thoughts are with his family.
What a stellar public servant. A dedicated man like him is going to be tough to replace. How utterly sad to lose him.
Prayers to his family.who will fill his shoes?
I suspect ther will be a lot attnding his funneral.
Suspect that the next ranking County Deputy will be the Acting Sheriff until apermanent Sheriff is Appointed.
Oh no. He helped us with the Minuteman Project.
That was my first thought.
1) I vaguely remember during the Arkancides in the Clinton regime, that somebody rigged a car to suddenly accelerate and the guy in it drove straight into a brick or cement wall. I don't know how they triggered it. (IIRC it was the son of the man who married Vince Foster's widow and claimed to have found some of Vince's papers in her attic and wanted to talk about it.)
2) A person hiring a hit can make the deal from pretty much anywhere.
3) I think there was at least one other pertinent single car fatal accident during that time in Arkansas.
OTOH actual accidents DO happen. It becomes suspicious when the victim is one of the major effective protectors of our sovereignty at a time when people (in both parties) are working so hard to destroy it.
Too bad, one of the best!
Larry Dever, the four-term Republican sheriff of Cochise County, has died in a one-vehicle crash near the northern Arizona town of Williams. He was 60.
Dever's death was confirmed early Wednesday by the sheriff's department. The department declined to release details of the crash or his death.
Larry Dever, Cochise County sheriff, dies at 60
That location (Williams) is many hundreds of miles away from Cochise County. Strange that no details are being released so it still may be under investigation.
Dave, our local paper says he was on his way to meet one of his sons for a 2-day hunting trip. Rifle season for elk opens on Friday, I believe.
The updated SV Herald article says he was on his way to a family hunting trip. One car roll over on a forestry service road. Unlikely that this is anything but a tragic accident. Prayers and love to Nancy and the boys. Larry will be greatly missed.
This is a sad day for Cochise County, Arizona, and for those who are fighting to halt the intolerable damage caused by unchecked illegal immigration.
Larry was my friend, and this is not going to be a good day.
Prayers up for Larry.
Prayers for all who suffered by this loss...prayers for Sheriff Dever’s family and loved ones...
RIP Sheriff Larry Dever.
I’m sorry to hear of this HiJinx. My sympathies go out to his family, friends, associates, the community he served, and the other localities he impacted favorably by his contributions to various boards and agencies.
We all lost a good friend in that he was trying to address illegal immigration.
Sad news, another warrior lost.
“Larry was my friend, and this is not going to be a good day.”
My condolences, HiJInx. We’ve lost too many good people in this battle.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
Ping to the NM list with this sad news.
Please provide a working link.
When Karen Silkwood died in a similar manner the Left made movies about a fantastic conspiracy to shut her up by the nuclear energy industry.
A story on azcentral this morning said there had been other fatal accidents on that particular road where Dever’s was killed. Probably an accident, but the investigation isn’t over. These days, expect anything.
Can anyone say Buford Pusser?
A driver that has driven the road many times that has a lot of things on their mind would be a good candidate for such an accident. I've had a few close calls and have to remind myself to stay focused even if there is nothing to see.
Over in Britain, two female police constables were ambushed and killed by a wanted murderer, who used a hand grenade to destroy their vehicle. This was the first incident since the 1960's in which two British police were killed in the same altercation.
A sad week for law enforcement.
Or maybe Sheriff BUFORD PUSSER.
Durn your hide, you beat me to it!
Cue the guy who is doing that Obama death list.
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.”
Jinxy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.
I-40 is a very dangerous highway. I was involved in a single car roll-over, not far from where Larry was killed. There were two fatalities involved, and I am still recovering, 8 months later. The two who lost their lives were so dear to me, and I will never get over the loss.
May the Angels bring comfort to those who loved him.
Hugs to yorkie and HiJinx.
Sadness in my heart for another lost warrior.
Yorkie, dear, I did not consider your accident when I pinged the list and I am so sorry to have brought those memories back to you.
There is nothing to forgive you for, Jinxy. I always read your pings, and did not take this one personally. (((HUGS)))
Larry’s accident was west of Williams, I believe. Mine was east of Seligman. Not too far apart.
The speed limit is 75 mph, and the highway goes straight, for miles. Then, it curves (with no warning). The Highway Patrol contacted me in the hospital, and said the driver over-corrected, when she hit gravel. That is when the roll-over began.
And, the air-bags did not deploy....
I still don’t know why my life was spared. I suppose I’ll find out ‘one’ day.
Yes, we will find out. Right there, you’ve posted a warning for anyone else who drives that stretch and may have made a difference.
My attitude towards things of that nature - why me? - is that God’s hand is in all things and His plan is beyond what we can comprehend.
And y’know...the same goes for this tragic end to an awesome man’s life. Those he has touched will carry his legacy forward. He has raised 6 very good young adults who would make any parent proud.
This is very sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with him for a couple days. Great American, LEO, and friend. RIP Larry and prayers out to the family.