Home > News > 

Officer Down: Sgt. Tate Lynch

As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.

Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…

October 26, 2007

Print Register RSS What's This

Officer Down: Sgt. Tate Lynch

Officer Down: Sergeant Tate Lynch - [Casa Grande , Arizona] PoliceOne Member Officer Down
PoliceOne Member since 03/02/2007


Biographical Info

Age: 36

Cause of Death: Fall

Additional Information:
   Sergeant Lynch had served with the agency for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Incident Details:
Sergeant Lynch succumbed to injuries sustained when he fell from a wall while conducting training exercises with the Pinal County SWAT team.

Sergeant Lynch was a member of the inter-agency Pinal County SWAT team. The team was training at the Pinal County Detention Center, in Florence, where Sergeant Lynch was rappelling down a wall. During his decent, Sergeant Lynch fell, sustaining serious head injuries.

Sergeant Lynch was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

End of Watch: Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ariz. officer has fatal fall during training excercise

The Associated Press

PHOENIX - A Casa Grande police officer has died after being injured in a fall during an Arizona SWAT Team training exercise.

Sgt. Tate Lynch died several hours after being airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn following the Thursday afternoon accident.

Lynch, 36, was a seven-year police veteran. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Lynch fell while he was rappelling from a wall during a training exercise at the Pinal County Detention Center in Florence.

The state Department of Public Safety Critical Accident Team is investigating to determine how Lynch fell.

Has an officer fallen in your department or local area? Submit news articles and information on the incident to the PoliceOne site.

The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of PoliceOne or its staff.

Denotes officer was a registered member of the PoliceOne Community

PoliceOne Offers

Back to Officer Down Section


Support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and help honor America’s law enforcement officers – especially our fallen heroes



Concerns of Police Survivors

COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

TASER Foundation

The TASER Foundation’s mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty by providing financial and edcuational support to their families.

More Officer Downs

All Officer Downs Submit an Officer Down

Tribute Videos

We ride for those who died Tribute for fallen officers Never alone, never forgotten Police Week Tribute