Brett C. Buckmister, 27
End of Watch: March 21, 2000
Officer Buckmister, the youngest DPS officer to lose his life in the line of duty, died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision within the outer city limits of Page. Officer Buckmister, a native of Mesa who had served one year, one month and one day with the Department, was southbound on U.S. 89 when his patrol car and a van collided. Three people in the van also lost their lives in the crash which occurred in rainy/snowy conditions.
Twenty-nine Arizona Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety officers gave their lives in the line of duty. These brave heroes and their families are in the hearts and minds of all who worked with them, of those who follow in their footsteps and of the public whom they served.
Of the 29 deaths, eight were the result of murder, 17 were traffic related, two died in a helicopter crash, one died in a helicopter accident, and one killed when a train exploded.