The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) members are saddened to hear the loss of Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer Tim Huffman. The nearly fifteen (15) year veteran was killed in the line of duty after a traffic collision near Wellton on May 6th, 2013.
“Officer Huffman was very quiet, however, everyone knew how much he loved his job,” recalls Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA and one of Huffman’s Field Training Officer. “Tim loved working the road.”
“The tragic and sudden death of Officer Huffman is a tremendous loss to his Arizona DPS family and the Yuma community,” states Chavez. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family, friends and fellow co-workers during this difficult time.” Huffman’s untimely death was the same day the men and women of the AHPA paid their respects to the 28 DPS officers who were killed in the line of duty during their annual fallen officer memorial ceremony. “It is heartbreaking that we have to add another name to our memorial this year,” adds Chavez. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (www.nleomf.org), as of May 7th, 2013, law enforcement fatalities are up 21%. Causes of officer deaths are primarily due to traffic accidents, heart attacks and fire-arm related incidents.
Businesses that seek to hold fundraisers or citizens that would like to donate in Huffman’s honor can contact the AHPA by going to their website at www.ahpa.com. AHPA guarantees 100% of all donations collected will go to Huffman’s family and his memorial. AHPA President Jimmy Chavez traveled to Yuma on May 8th to be with Huffman’s district. AHPA is working with the agency in order to provide necessary resources to employees. If you are in need of assistance, please contact AHPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL SERVICES: On Wednesday May 15th, 2013, the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will celebrate the life of Officer Timothy Huffman. The memorial service at the Yuma Civic Center located at 1440 W Desert Hills Dr, Yuma, AZ 85365.
Flights: Yuma – Yuma International Airport: www.yumainternationalairport.com
*Phoenix – Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: www.phxskyharbor.com *Transportation can be accommodated to Yuma from the Phoenix area. Please contact the AHPA office at 480-899-4675 or email email@example.com.
Hotels: Phoenix area– (all hotels are near our public transit and light rail systems, which are conveniently located from the airport. Please see our website for transit information and local attractions at: www.ahpa.com).
- Marriott Tempe 601 S Ash Ave Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 966-2800 (2 blocks south of light rail exit in Tempe – located near Arizona State University) $128 government rate Direct contact: Katie – 480-966-2800 x 602 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxte-courtyard-tempe-downtown/
- Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport 427 N 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 220-4400 $105 government rate http://www.radisson.com/phoenix-hotel-az-85008/azphxapn?s_cid=se.ggl.rad_cmp15
- The Clarendon Hotel 401 W Clarendon Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 252-7363 $109 government rate theclarendon.net
- Best Western Inn and Suites Plus 1450 S Castle Dome Ave, Yuma, AZ (928) 783-8341 $71 government rate – please note with agent you are attending Officer Huffman’s memorial book.bestwestern.com
- Holiday Inn & Suites 1901 E 18th St, Yuma, AZ (928) 782-9300 $78 government rate www.ihg.com
- Hampton Inn and Suites 1600 E 16th St, Yuma, AZ (928) 329-5600 $78 government rate hamptoninn3.hilton.com