Fearless AZ sheriff killed in single-car accident


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.

From FoxNews:

[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.


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7 years ago

Hmmm. He was on his way to a family camping trip; he had lost his mother to cancer four days ago. Sounds like someone witnessed the accident, but from too far to know what happened. Hope they check the vehicle and the guy who found him thoroughly.

7 years ago

Sheriff Joe better have 24/7 observation of his vehicles by trusted officials!

7 years ago

I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. The number of unexpected and sudden deaths is rising. It is very frightening and I must just put my trust in our Lord.

7 years ago

just another co-inky-dink:
New law makes it illegal to protest in Obama’s presence.
“His secret service can have you arrested, fined, and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn’t like.”

7 years ago

And please please please don’t mention how much he plays golf, that gets him all testy too!! What a worthless whiner!

7 years ago

Because of who this is; I am suspicious of this accident.

7 years ago
Reply to  Linda

I agree. I am too. I hope Sheriff Joe beefs up his security. I am so sorry for this wonderful Sheriff and his family and friends. May Our Lord be with them, and may Sheriff Dever experience Jesus’ mercy and love, and may the choirs of angels and the saints welcome him into heaven! This shows us again that we never know the time we will die, and therefore, we must be prepared.

7 years ago

Something looks very suspicious about this.