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Posted Sep 21, 2012, 10:52 am
A memorial service for Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, killed this week in a truck rollover, has been scheduled for next Wednesday at Sierra Vista's Buena High School.
The 2-hour service will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd.
The four-term lawman, 60, was killed Tuesday night when the pickup truck he was driving rolled over on a dirt road near the Northern Arizona town of Williams.
Around 6:40 p.m., Dever — who was in the area on a family camping and hunting trip — was driving a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck on a dirt Forest Serve Road near White Horse Lake, according to a Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Another vehicle was following Dever, but the driver lost sight of him for a brief period, CCSO's Gerry Blair said in a news release.
The driver of the second vehicle "saw what appeared to be a cloud of dust, and as he came closer he learned that the vehicle had rolled over and was resting on its wheels," Blair said.
Dever "lost control of his vehicle," which left the road, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels, Blair said.
Speaking to emergency dispatchers, the man said "he did not detect any signs of life from the single occupant of the vehicle."
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Deputies and medical personnel determined Dever died on the scene, Blair said.
The longtime sheriff, a Republican, was running unopposed for what have been his fifth term. His spot on the ballot will be filled by retired Cochise County Sheriff's Office commander Mark Dannels. Write-in candidates may register for the election until Sept. 27.
Chief Deputy Rodney Rothrock will run the office until November's election.
The sheriff was nationally known for his hardline stance on border enforcement and immigration issues.
Dever was first elected in 1996, after serving 20 years in the Sheriff's Office.
The St. David native is survived by his wife, Nancy, six sons, five daughters-in-law and 11 grandchildren.
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