Sgt. Mark Dryer, 35
End of Watch: July 3, 1993
While standing near a motorist he had stopped for speeding 20 miles south of Phoenix on Interstate 10, Sgt. Dryer was struck and killed by a passing car driven by Charles Robert Ransier, 33, of Phoenix. Sgt. Dryer was the first DPS reserve officer to be killed in the line of duty. The motorist, who was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, was sentenced in May 1995 to 15 years in an Arizona state prison. The Department’s Reserve Officer of the Year Award is named in Sgt. Dryer’s honor.
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.