Louis O. Cochran, 45
End of Watch: December 22, 1958
Patrolman Cochran was killed while stopped along U.S. 80 at milepost 71 east of Dateland. His patrol car was struck from behind by a vehicle whose driver was under the influence, causing the patrol car to burst into flames. It was the first death in the 25-year history of the Arizona Highway Patrol.
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 they 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.