Sep 19, 2012 11:06 AM
Cochise County Sheriff's Department
Sheriff Larry Dever was involved in a one vehicle accident near the town of Williams on Tuesday September 18,2012 at approximately 7:00 pm. As a result of this accident Sheriff Dever was fatally wounded and did not survive. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the investigation.
The Dever family is aware that many will want to make contact with the family to express their condolences, however, they request that no calls be made to them at their personal residence. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will relay all messages to the family directly. God bless the Dever family.
Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl
"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."
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
"I'm shocked and saddened to hear of Larry Dever's death, he was my friend, a leader on border security and leader among Sheriffs. This is a great loss to Arizona, a true patriot has died and he will be sorely missed."
Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake
"Today Arizonans mourn the unexpected loss of Sheriff Larry Dever. Larry was a true leader among lawmen -- committed to the law, his community, and his state. We are grateful for Larry's quiet, effective leadership on border security and his desire to protect the residents of Cochise County and southern Arizona. Cheryl and I will miss his friendship. We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Larry's wife Nancy and the entire Dever family."
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar
"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."