By Naomi Hatch
Two members of the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department, Lt. Robert “Bobby” Martin and Senior Sergeant Daniel Rush, received letters of commendation from the department and the citizens of the two towns last month.
Martin was honored for completing the Bob Ramsey Executive Course as a Certified Public Manager. The course included sessions totaling 250 hours online. Martin graduated June 20, with Police Chief Larry Scarber and Town Manager Brian Richards attending the ceremony.
Chief Scarber read a letter noting, “From May 27 to Aug. 31, 2015, then-Sergeant Bobby Martin was appointed to serve as the interim chief of police of the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department upon the retirement of the prior chief. During that time, Sgt. Martin was much more than just a caretaker occupying the position. Under his leadership, a cost-saving method of conducting initial appearances between arrested persons and a local judge by video conference was developed. This allowed fewer arrestees to be booked into the county detention center at a significant savings to our community. He reviewed and updated department policies, and conducted an extensive audit and review of the department evidence facility.
“He has since promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and has greatly expanded the department’s online presence through our Facebook page, creating regular informative videos and posts. He has obtained training as a public information officer and a Blue Courage instructor. He coordinated a successful Citizens Academy in 2016.
“More recently, Lt Martin successfully completed training as a Certified Public Manager through the Arizona State University Bob Ramsey Executive Education Center. He was selected by his peers to speak at the CPM graduation ceremony.
“Lt. Martin is an exemplary leader and follower. For his efforts and motivation in improving the department, he is commended this 27th day of June 2017.”
In honoring Senior Sgt. Rush, Scarber read the following letter.
“On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, tragedy struck the community of Show Low and all Arizona law enforcement when Show Low Police Officer Darrin Reed was shot and killed while responding to a suspicious person call.
Senior Sgt. Dan Rush was a longtime, dear friend of the Reed family and responded to the Reed home immediately upon learning of the shooting. Throughout the week leading up to the funeral, Senior Sgt. Rush assisted the family and Show Low Police Department in planning the services. He accompanied Officer Reed’s body back to Show Low from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson.
“At the request of Darrin’s wife, Cathy, Senior Sgt. Rush provided the eulogy at the funeral. Despite the personal toll the loss took on him and his family, Senior Sgt. Rush delivered a moving tribute to his dear friend.
“Senior Sgt. Rush has since accompanied the Reed family to the 44th annual Arizona Peace Officers Memorial in Phoenix and to the 2017 National Police Week in Washington, D.C.
“In all these duties, Senior Sgt. Rush represented the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department and the citizens of our community with dignity and honor. For this outstanding service, he is commended this 27th day of June 2017.”