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IN MEMORIUM: WALTER HUGHES
America has lost another hero. On December 19th, 2016, Walter E Hughes was called home; his mission on earth accomplished, a warrior laid to rest for a job well done. Like many of the “Greatest Generation”, Walter Hughes fought in WWII and came home to make his mark with little fanfare. Paratrooper, River Man, Tug Boat Captain, Patriot, Husband, and Friend were just a few of the many titles he earned along the way. Of all the titles and honors bestowed upon him, “hero” was the hardest title for him to welcome or embrace. Always pointing to others, deflecting credit to others he deemed more worthy than himself.
IN MEMORIUM: MICHAEL ALLEN HADDAD
Sergeant Michael Allen Haddad’s 22 year law enforcement career began with the Buckeye Police Department in 1991. His rise through the ranks and duty assignments included Patrol, K-9, Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Investigation Unit, SWAT, and working with other agencies including the gang unit, DEA, and military OSI.
Mike and his K-9 partner BO made numerous arrests and seized hundreds of pounds of drugs from the streets. During his time as a detective, Mike worked high-profile cases and he played a key role solving homicides and closing numerous drug investigations. Mike was instrumental in developing the first SWAT team in Buckeye’s history. During his time on the SWAT team from 2004-2014, Mike held positions as an Operator, Squad Leader, Assistant Team Leader, and ultimately the Team Leader of the SWAT team until his retirement in 2014.
Mike obtained over a dozen certifications in specialized areas of law enforcement such as DRE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor, to name a few.
Admired and respected by his peers and he was a leader in every law enforcement endeavor he took on.
In 2015, Mike joined the Hayden Police Department as their Training Officer. Killed on his way to work while riding his motorcycle, his passing was difficult for friends, family and fellow officers. A devoted husband, father, and friend Mike’s departure leaves a man-size hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Ride on brother… the brotherhood will not forget you.