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DPS set to honor its fallen officers during ceremony on May 5

Friday, May 2, 2014 -

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Phoenix - The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) will gather with family, friends, and the community on Monday, May 5 to commemorate the lives and careers of the 29 DPS Officers who lost their lives during the commission of their service to Arizona.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, DPS Director Robert Halliday, and AHPA President Jimmy Chavez will be participating in the ceremony.

The ceremony will commence promptly at 9:00 a.m. on the DPS memorial lawn located at 2102 West Encanto Boulevard Phoenix, Arizona.

Fallen DPS Officer Timothy Huffman's name plaque will be unveiled and dedicated on the DPS memorial wall next to the name plaques representing the 28 other DPS officers that went before him in the line of duty.

DPS lost Officer Huffman on Monday May 6, 2013, to the hands of a distracted commercial vehicle driver; the same day DPS held its annual officer memorial last year.

Officer Huffman was assigned to the department's Highway Patrol Division and based in Yuma, Arizona at the time of his death.

Of the Department's 29 line of duty deaths, eight were the result of murder, seventeen were traffic related, two died in a helicopter crash, one died in a helicopter accident, and one was killed when a train exploded.

To learn more about these officers and detectives please open the following link:

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.