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Concerns of Police Survivors — Rebuilding Shattered Lives
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Concerns of Police Survivors was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S....
Our Mission:

Provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.
Our Vision:

We are committed to honoring the fallen by rebuilding, educating, and supporting law enforcement survivors and agencies with excellence, integrity, and compassion.

10th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k

Thank you survivors & participants!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 10th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Walk/Run. Between sponsors and runners, the support of Concerns of Police Surivivors was overwhelming. We had approximately 560 runners in addition to various donations. 

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C.O.P.S. Arizona Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/copsarizona

Photos from T.C. Brown Photography

Public media coverage:

KPHO - March 9, 2014 - Phoenix Memorial Run Honors Fallen Officers

FOX 10 - March 9, 2014 - Runners run 5k to remember 311 fallen officers

East Valley Tribune - March 8, 2014 - Memorials, fundraisers planned for fallen officer

Your West Valley - March 7, 2014 - 5k run/walk honors fallen Phoenix officers

KPHO - March 4, 2014 - How you can help Phoenix officers shot on duty 

Remembering a hero: Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs

Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison.

The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject.

Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Visitation
Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Time: 1700 - 1900 Hours
Location: Surprise Funeral Care
16063 W. Bell Road
Surprise, Az. 85374

Funeral
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 1000 Hours
Location: Christ’s Church of the Valley
7007 W. Happy Valley Road
Peoria, Az. 85383

Procession to Follow: Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery
200 W. Beardsley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

See C.O.P.S. President, Jan Blaser-Upchurch, interview with KPHO here: Families of fallen officers discusses aftermath, what community can do to help
 

Law Enforcement Loses a Dear Friend - Lee R. Scott

Law Enforcement Loses a Dear Friend

by Commander Tracy L. Montgomery, Phoenix Police Department

While everyone who passes is deserving of the final respects paid by their family and friends I direct you to the brief summary of the life well lived by Mr. Lee R. Scott who passed away on February 10, 2014. Among the many obituaries read in the next few days this one bears a moment for pause. Mr. Scott's obituary speaks volumes to his strong character, his life-long contribution to both our country and our community and his commitment to family. But, there is something more you should know about what Lee Scott has quietly done for the deceased and their families over the past 50 years.

In1975 Mr. Scott founded Shadow Mountain Mortuary in the North Valley, running his business like many other dedicated business owners for many years. However, there was something he would never share with you, even if you asked. For as long as anyone on the police department can remember, Mr. Scott has quietly provided countless funeral and burial services for forgotten members of our community, including the homeless community, veterans without families, and several infants abandoned after birth. With one call these members of our community were provided with a respectable burial at the hands of Lee Scott because he cared. Lee’s generosity extended far beyond these nameless human beings. 

Mr. Scott reached out to the Phoenix Police Department almost 20 years ago after one of our officers was killed in the line of duty.  His message was simple, he wanted to help the family of our fallen officer.  In those days we would occasionally get the offer of floral arrangements, the use of a limousine for the family or some other kindness, and of course we would graciously accept.  However, Mr. Scott wasn’t offering flowers or a car, he wanted to provide the entire funeral service. In the next few days there were many clarifications, questions and confirmations but, in the end we learned there was nothing expected in return. In fact he adamantly forbid us from speaking publicly about what he had done. From preparation to visitation, the funeral services and burial, he, and his staff aided in planning the elaborate and intricate funeral services of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Mr. Scott repeated this gesture time after time for the families of Phoenix Police Officers killed in the line of duty or others in law enforcement who needed his assistance.

Mr. Scott retired several years ago, however, his legacy at Shadow Mountain Mortuary has continued. His staff is always among the first to call and offer help but, above all else, they are the first to call and offer their genuine sympathy and support. For this we are forever thankful.

So with the passing of Mr. Scott comes the lifting of his long-standing admonishment. I am now privileged to publicly say, “On behalf of the grateful men and women of the Phoenix Police Department thank you Lee Scott, for all you have quietly done. You have cared for so many who deserved the simple dignity of an honorable burial, a final resting place and for those who died protecting our community, a hero’s goodbye.”

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Usual Suspects MC, Arizona Chapter
Arizona Homicide Investigators Association
CBS 5 AZ KPHO
Arizona Peace Officer Memorial Board
Jim Click Automotive

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