Tucson police honor fallen officers; Oro Valley officers honored for Jan. 8 role

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A somber ceremony was held downtown Wednesday evening as the Tucson Police Department paid tribute to fallen colleagues.

Tuesday night TPD held its annual peace officer memorial service.

Since the 1880s, 42 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in Pima County, including eight from TPD.

The most recent officer killed was Erik Hite, shot following a high speed chase in 2008.

"Proud, sad, its a mixture of emotions, you know.  Of course, proud that were able to serve the community and sad that we lost those lives," said Sgt. Diana Lopez from the Tucson Police Department.

This is the fourth year Tucson police have held a separate service.  Other agencies will host their own ceremonies this month.


ORO VALLEY, Ariz. -- Honors Wednesday night for a half-dozen Oro Valley police officers who answered the call during the January 8 mass shooting in Tucson.

OVPD's squad number two was on the scene at the Safeway on Oracle and Ina Roads minutes after the first reports came in.

Wednesday night officials with Northwest Fire District recognized the key role the group played in saving lives that day.

"A number of them came in and helped secure the scene first of all and then they shifted roles and attended to the wounded and caring for those who were passing and theyw ere there for them,"  said Northwest Fire District Chief Jeff Piechura.

The unit includes Sergeant Steve Hammons, and officers Tim Brown, Daniel Hoyos, Jeff Moore, Manny Guerrero, and Jeff Thomas.