Last Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, a fearless Arizona sheriff, Cochise County’s 4-term Sheriff Larry Dever, 60, who was tough on securing the border, died in a single-car accident.
[Dever was] one of Arizona’s four border sheriffs who asked to legally defend the state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law, known as SB1070, in federal court. Cochise County, in the state’s southeastern corner, shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico and is one of the state’s hot spots for illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
He said at the time that the federal government was failing to secure the border and praised the law, which includes provisions that require police to question a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws and if officers suspect the person is in the county illegally.
It was Dever’s office that investigated the 2010 death of a prominent rancher whom the sheriff said was likely killed by an illegal immigrant. The killing spurred Arizona’s political leadership, including Gov. Jan Brewer and its U.S. senators, to renew pressure on the Obama administration to deploy National Guard troops along the southern border.
Dever also joined other Arizona sheriffs in slamming the Obama administration over [Fast and Furious] a botched federal operation that lost track of weapons sold to suspect straw purchasers for Mexican drug gangs.
Dever was born and grew up in the town of St. David. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; six sons; and 11 grandchildren.
The sheriff’s department says it’s investigating the accident, but declined to release details of the crash or his death.
Andrew Breitbart redux?
H/t FOTM’s Tina.