Condolences pour in for Dever from prominent Arizonans

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Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was a proponent of tougher Arizona immigration enforcement. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was a proponent of tougher Arizona immigration enforcement.
Larry Dever in June 2011 photo. Larry Dever in June 2011 photo.

Statements issued today after reports that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was killed in a one-car, roll-over crash on a road near a northern Arizona lake Tuesday night.

"Like all Arizonans, I was shocked to learn this morning that Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever had been killed hours earlier in a one-car accident while traveling in northern Arizona. True to form for this husband, father of six and grandfather, he was reportedly en route to meet several members of his family for a Fall hunting and camping trip in the Arizona high country.

"I had known Sheriff Dever for well over a decade, stretching back to my days with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. I'll remember him in his cowboy hat - soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, but firm in his beliefs and steady in his service to the law. In the truest sense, Sheriff Dever was a Western lawman and country gentleman.

"Arizona has lost a leader of more than three decades in our law enforcement community. My thoughts and prayers today - and those of Arizonans, I am sure - are with his wife, Nancy, their children, friends and colleagues as they cope with this terrible loss.

"In honor of Sheriff Larry Albert Dever and his 34 years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona, and for the peace of mind he has provided the citizens of Cochise County, I have ordered that flags at all State buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset today, September 19, 2012, and again on his day of interment, for which services are pending."
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

"The Coconino County Board of Supervisors was saddened to learn of the passing of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever. Sheriff Dever will be remembered for his 36 years as a true public servant to the people of Cochise County and to the state of Arizona. We express our deepest sympathy to the Sheriff's family, friends and the law enforcement community, and send our thoughts to our colleagues and friends in Cochise County."
- Coconino County Board of Supervisors

"We have just learned of the tragic death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever. Arizona has lost a good public servant and a good man. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, children and grandchildren."
- Bill Roe, Arizona Democratic Party Chair

"I've known Sheriff Larry Dever for years, as a friend and fellow law enforcement official. Sheriff Dever dedicated his life and career to serving Cochise County, and his work will leave a lasting positive effect on his beloved community." 

"Larry was an important ally to us in the Pima County Sheriff's Department, and to law enforcement offices throughout the state. He was respected throughout Arizona's law enforcement community, and always focused on how we could improve the security and service we provide the public. My heart goes out to his family, friends and members of the Cochise County Sheriff's Department. This dedicated and great public servant will greatly be missed."
- Dr. Richard Carmona, former Pima County sheriff's deputy

"I am terribly saddened to hear of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's death. Sheriff Dever was a fine man, a great law enforcement officer, and a wonderful husband and father. Arizona has lost one of the very best. Rest in Peace."
- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

"The men and woman of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deeply regret the passing of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever. The Arizona law Enforcement Community has lost a great traditional western lawman and friend. We will sincerely miss his wisdom and experience in dealing with sometimes controversial issues that have faced Arizona Law Enforcement professionals.

As Yavapai County Sheriff and President of the Arizona Sheriff's Association, I wish to send our heartfelt condolences to Sheriff Devers' wife Nancy and his entire family. I am proud to have served as an Arizona Sheriff alongside such a man of honor, integrity, and devotion to public service."
- Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher

Sheriff Dever was a good friend of mine for 20 years.  We spoke about several law enforcement issues just recently when he told me he was going hunting with family members.  He was a dedicated career law enforcement professional. I will miss my good friend."
- Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan

"With the sudden passing of Sheriff Dever last night, Arizona lost a true believer in justice and a great man.  My wife Maude and I send our condolences to the Dever family, our thoughts and prayers are with them. Cochise County and Arizona lost an experienced and outspoken public servant who fought to keep our community safe."
- U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-AZ

"We were deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of our friend Larry Dever. We spent a great deal of time at the border with Sheriff Dever and know first-hand his long commitment to keeping the people of our state safe. We also admired Sheriff Dever's strength to speak out when he believed more needed to be done to secure our border. Sheriff Dever was not only a leader in Cochise County, but also across Arizona and throughout the law enforcement community. Sheriff Dever was a man of honor, integrity, and selfless service to the State of Arizona. He will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, their sons, and the rest of Dever family."
- U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, R-AZ

"We will remember Larry Dever as the rugged sheriff, straight-talking, tough and fair - the consummate lawman.  His family will remember him as a loving husband, a caring father, and a proud grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time."
- U.S. Rep. Jeff lake, R-AZ

Our condolences to the family & friends of Sheriff Larry Dever and to the fellow law enforcement officers he served with..."
- Tweet from the Phoenix Police Department

 "The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection offer their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever who died earlier today. Sheriff Dever was a dedicated law-enforcement professional who was passionate about the welfare of his constituents in Arizona. Sheriff Dever worked closely with CBP and other law-enforcement agencies in the region to ensure the safety and security of the border and of residents in southern Arizona. We offer our deepest sympathies."
- Commander Jeffrey Self, Customs and Border Protection - Arizona

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