Arizona Fallen Hero Memorial Riders

Fallen Hero Memorial Events

Arizona Fallen Hero Memorial Riders

Event Highlights - Please Join Us in this honorable event

The Northern Ride - September 21, 2019

The main ride will began at approximately 8:00 AM from various locations, Holbrook/Winslow, Kingman, Page, Pinetop (Hon-Dah Resort & Casino), and Prescott. 


  •  In all, we have a total of 10 monuments that will be visited. The officers names are Paul E. Marston (Prescott), James L. Keeton and Don A. Beckstead (near the Arizona/New Mexico border), Alan H. Hanson and Gregory A. Diley (Arizona Department of Public Safety District Office in Kingman), Bruce A. Petersen (State Route 61 Milepost 368 in front of the school), David J. Zesigner (State Route 260 Milepost 195) Brett Buckmister (Northbound US 89 at milepost 544.8) and Bruce W. Harrolle (Sedona Fire Station State Route 179, 2860 Southwest Drive, Sedona). 
  • We will also be visiting retired DPS officer/Navajo Deputy Sheriff Robert W. Varner, Jr. memorial site (located at located on the southeast corner of Interstate 40 and Park Drive in Winslow). 


Barbecue will begin at around 2:30 PM on September 21st at Ft. Tuthill Park in Flagstaff.


The Southern Ride - October 19, 2019

The main ride will began at approximately 8:00 AM from various locations in Tucson and Yuma.


  •  In all, we have a total of 12 monuments that will be visited. The officers names are Louis O. Cochran, Michael Crowe, Timothy A. Huffman and Tyler J. Edenhofer (DPS District Yuma), Noah M. Merrill (Eastbound Interstate 10 rest area in Texas Canyon), John C. Walker (Tucson International Airport), Thomas P. McNeff and Richard G. Stratman (Eastbound Interstate 10 on-ramp at milepost 236), Edward A. Rebel (Westbound Interstate 10 on-ramp at milepost 236), David G. Gabrielli, John M. Blaser and Juan N. Cruz (DPS District Office in Tucson), Manny H. Tapia (in front of the Nogales Police Department).   
  • We will have riders and volunteers starting the ride in outlining areas near Benson and yet to be determined. 
  • Riders and volunteers outside of Tucson, will check-in with the Road Captains from that area.  


 Barbecue will begin at around 2:30PM on October 19th at Crossroads Park in Marana. 

The Central Ride - November 2, 2019

The main ride will began at approximately 8:00 AM from the Desert Wind Harley-Davidson in Mesa and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson in Cave Creek.


  • In all, we have a total of 9 monuments that will be visited. The officers names are Gilbert A. Duthie (Sycamore Creek overpass on State Route 87), Robert K. Martin (southbound State Route 87 at milepost 195) William H. Murrie (southbound Interstate 17 at the Anthem on-ramp), Johnny E. Garcia and Mark M. Dryer (westbound Interstate 10 rest area at milepost 182), Douglas E. Knutson, Floyd J. “Skip” Fink, and Christopher R. Morano  (DPS District Office located at 2610 S. 16th Street, Phoenix).


  • At the conclusion of the ride, we will meet at the north parking lot of the State Fair Grounds. From there we will ride to Nash Powersports, 1880 S 7th Avenue. We will spend approximately 30 minutes there and then ride to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters, on W. Encanto Boulevard. 


Barbecue will begin at around 2:00 PM on November 2nd at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters. 

Memorial Ceremony & Celebration of Arizona Department of Public Safety 50th Anniversary

 At Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters, we will have guest speakers, a short ceremony and barbecue to honor the lives of the fallen officer, their family members in attendance and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of DPS. 

The Festivities

We have a number of festivities planned throughout our multi-day event. These events include:

Formation Ride

At the conclusion of the November 2nd ride, we are going to gather in the Phoenix area, ride in formation to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters and hold a ceremony there. Among the riders, we will have family members of the fallen heroes  carrying three State of Arizona flags with the names of all the fallen officers printed on them.   

Raffle Prizes

We will be offering raffle tickets for sale at the check-in and barbecue locations for various raffle and door prizes.


We will have a 50/50 raffle at each barbecue. 


Catered Barbecues

 At the conclusion of all three rides, Matt's Classic Dog's will provide a catered barbecue. Speaking form personal experience, if you have not tired Matt's Classic Dogs, you do not know what you are missing! We also know that they will have three separate menus for the three barbecues (not just hot dogs).