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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
May 12, 2004
Phoenix Police Department Suffers Loss. Officer Don Schultz ended his tour on May 12, 2004.
Officer Down: Don Schultz - [Phoenix, Arizona]
Tour of Duty: 20 yr
Badge Number: 4410
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Monday, May 10, 2004
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Officer Schultz drowned in a canal in North Phoenix while searching for evidence in a murder case.
Officer Schultz was a master diver and part the department's nine-member dive team. On May 10, 2004, the team entered a canal in North Phoenix, near 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road, to search for evidence in a murder investigation. While in the water Officer Schultz came loose from his tender line and was pulled into the canal gate. He was under water for as long as 10 minutes without a breathing device before rescuers pried open the canal's gate and freed him from the 1-foot opening where he had become trapped.
Officer Schultz was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain where he remained in critical condition on life support. His family elected to remove him from life support on the afternoon May 12, 2004, following two days of intensive efforts to revive him.
Officer Schultz had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 20 years. In addition to his duties as a member of the dive team, Officer Schultz also served full time as a helicopter pilot for the Phoenix Police Department.
Agency Contact Information:
Phoenix Police Department
620 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 262-7311
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