Since the city was founded in 1912, the following Chandler Police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Officer Jeremy Wilkins died after a protracted battle with COVID-19. Officer Wilkins was a 23-year veteran and survived by his wife, 5 children, and 5 grandchildren.
Officer Wilkins was an incredible police officer that had a passion for his career and loved the community he served.
Please take a moment to remember Jeremy and keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Officer Farrar was tragically struck and killed during a multi-agency vehicle pursuit of a violent felon who had been shooting at officers throughout the incident. The suspect in this case purposefully ran over Chris while attempting to escape, and although he was transported immediately to the hospital, he didn’t survive his injuries.
Chris was a dedicated, decorated, 18 year veteran who was well known for his caring nature and sharp sense of humor. He is survived by his children and granddaughter.
Officer Tyler Britt died after a protracted battle with Covid-19. Officer Britt was a 19-year veteran of the Chandler Police Department and served much of his time in the impaired driver enforcement unit. He is survived by his wife and son. Officer Britt loved being a police officer and cared dearly about the community he served.
Please take a moment to remember Tyler and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
While working DUI enforcement, Officer Payne tragically lost his life after being struck by a vehicle while stopped for a red light at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive. The driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended a short distance away.
This incident was a loss to both the Chandler Police Department and the community as a whole, but Dave will always be remembered for his commitment to duty and country.
Please take a moment to remember Dave's sacrifice and the family he left behind.
While working an undercover narcotics operation with other detectives, Detective Carlos Ledesma was shot and killed in an ambush. The two other undercover detectives were seriously wounded in the attack as well. Two suspects were killed at the scene, and seven more were later arrested in connection with Detective Ledesma’s death.
This tragedy was a huge loss to the Chandler Police Department, but Detective Ledesma, who was also an Iraq Veteran, will always be honored and remembered for his sacrifice and dedication to keeping our community safe.
Detective Ledesma is survived by his wife and two sons, and we ask you take a moment to remember his legacy and the family he left behind.
Officer Rob Nielson lost his life while responding to a traffic accident near Chandler Boulevard and Price Road, when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle. His fuel tank ruptured in the accident, starting a fire, and Officer Nielson died at the scene.
We ask that you take time to remember Officer Nielson and his dedication to serving our community. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother and sister.
Officer Snedigar lost his life while participating in a SWAT operation to apprehend multiple armed robbery suspects hiding in a large apartment complex. Officer Snedigar was the first Chandler Police Officer killed in the line of duty and his sacrifice will forever be remembered. The Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler is named in his honor. Officer Snedigar is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Officer Bryant Holmes tragically lost his life in an accident while on his way to work. He was riding his motorcycle northbound on Recker Road in Gilbert, when another driver ran a red light and struck Officer Holmes.
Officer Holmes is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters, and we ask you to remember and honor them, along with Officer Holmes’ service and dedication to the community.
Their sacrifice will always be remembered.
Officer Richard Felix was the first Chandler Police Officer to lose his life while on duty. He was found unconscious in his patrol car, having suffered from heart failure.
Officer Felix left a timeless legacy on not only the Chandler Policer Department, but the community as a whole. He is remembered every day.