His tragic and unexpected death comes just as judicial sanctions against Arizona's SB1070 expire and the law, mostly upheld by the US Supreme Court, goes into effect.
After the assassination of rancher Robert Krentz, Sheriff Dever's voice joined with those calling for better border enforcement and allowing local law enforcement to assist in deterring and prosecuting illegal immigration. Sheriff Dever was even nationally recognized by law enforcement officials across the nation for his life of hard work and service as a policeman. Larry even testified in congress on immigration issues and border enforcement/protection policies and laws. Though not as "spectacular" as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sheriff Dever was probably as if not more effective in helping bring national attention to the problems with illegal immigration in border states.
SB1070 going into effect serves as a well, though unintentionally, timed memorial to this great man.
Those in or near Arizona who wish to pay respects, a memorial service is planned in Sierra Vista, AZ, about 20 miles west of Tombstone, next to Fort Huachuca. See the announcement below:
MEMORIAL for SHERIFF LARRY A. DEVER, Cochise County , AZ.
It will be held on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, beginning at 5:30 P. M., in the Buena High Performing Arts Center.A program is planned of speakers, featuring Senator Jon Kyl, National, State, and Local Officials honoring his 36 year career in law enforcement. There will be music, a band and singers, a slide presentation depicting key elements in the life and illustrious career of the renowned Sheriff who has made a difference in Cochise County, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America.The Memorial is open to the public.For anyone who has not heard, Sheriff Dever died Tue evening, Sep 18, from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident near Williams, AZ
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