The Fallen Officer Memorial is Unveiled Featured

Well over a thousand people gathered in Prescott, Arizona to honor fallen officers in Yavapai County.

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  • Reaching back to 1865, a sculpture honoring fallen officers was unveiled in Yavapai County
  • The sculpture was created by world-renown artist Bill Nebeker
  • “Their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember.”
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Yavapai County shows their support for local law enforcement.

While cities and states across the country are looking for ways to “defund the police,” in Yavapai County the community is supporting and defending law enforcement. One of the ways they show this is with a sculpture memorializing fallen officers in Yavapai County.

On Saturday, May 1, well over a thousand people attended the ceremony at the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza for the unveiling of the sculpture. 

You can watch the entire ceremony here:

The list of fallen officers goes back almost 160 years, starting with Cornelius Sage. In 1865, Yuma County Sheriff Sage was with two companions when their party was attacked and killed south of Skull Valley.


The Ceremony was simple, with former Sheriff Scott Mascher as the emcee. The sculpture was created by world-renown artist and local resident, Bill Nebeker. His wife, Mary, sung the National Anthem. 

Current Yavapai Sheriff David Rhodes thanked law enforcement officers and their families for their service and sacrifice in serving. "We will remember them for how they lived, not for how they died," Rhodes said. "God willing, there will never be another name added." 

Noting that “Their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember,” the monument provides a fitting opportunity for residents of Yavapai County and the entire State of Arizona to reflect on the value and need of Law Enforcement in our communities. 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 05 May 2021 13:09
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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Editor and Publisher of CopperState News. In her past life, she was the founder of a successful local news media publication in the Prescott area. She started CopperState News with the idea that local news deserves a statewide platform.

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