Gov. Brewer orders flags at half-staff in honor of Sheriff Dever
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSOn (KGUN9-TV) - In a statement released Wednesday, Gov. Jan Brewer ordered all flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff until the end of the day in honor of Sheriff Larry Dever's death.
Brewer says the flags will be lowered again on the day of his interment, which is still pending.
Here is Brewer's official statement:
“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."
KGUN9 will have team coverage on Sheriff Larry Dever's death in Bisbee, Ariz. coming up tonight at 5, 6 & 10.