The Southern DUI Task Force will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Commemoration and Dinner honoring fallen DPS Officer Juan Cruz
Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 11:15am
– For Immediate Release –

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Commemoration and Dinner, honoring fallen Officer Juan Cruz, #3111, on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

On December 9, 1998, Officer Cruz, along with other DPS officers, were investigating a collision on Interstate 10 in Tucson. The officers were utilizing their patrol vehicles to block a traffic lane and as Officer Cruz was in his patrol vehicle, it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Marissa Rodriguez, 21. Officer Cruz received fatal injuries as a result of the collision.   

For the past 18 years, the family of Officer Juan Cruz has provided dinner to members of the task force in appreciation for their service during the holiday season.

Learn more about our fallen troopers at

AZDPS Colonel Frank Milstead, Director
AZDPS Trooper Michael Blute
Marrisa Cruz-Long – Officer Cruz’ daughter


DATE: Friday, December 7, 2018

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: AZDPS Tucson Office, 6401 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85706.

The commemoration will be held at the Juan Cruz Memorial, located in front of the Tucson DPS office.  


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