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Mourners pay final respects to officer killed helping fellow cop

Judi Villa
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 3, 2004 11:15 AM

Phoenix police Officer Ben Baltzer choked back his emotions as he spoke of his lifelong friend.

Baltzer and Officer Jason Wolfe met in third grade and nurtured a friendship through two decades, through sports and high school, through first loves and last loves.

And when Wolfe gave up a higher paying job 4 1/2 years ago to become a police officer, the two eventually ended up in the same squad in the same police precinct.

"I looked up to him," Baltzer told mourners at Wolfe's funeral Friday morning.

"Godspeed Jason."

Wolfe, 27, was killed with Officer Eric White, 30, in a gun battle Saturday night with a suicidal suspect. White's funeral services will be Saturday.

At a packed service at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix Friday, friends and fellow police officers remembered Wolfe as a dedicated cop with an easy smile and a hearty laugh.

Officer Patty Fimbres, Wolfe's partner, told mourners it was difficult to refer to him in the past tense.

"It just doesn't seem real to me," Fimbres said. "When am I going to wake up from this bad dream?"

She fondly recalled Wolfe's rendition of a country song and how he teased squad mates and brightened up daily briefings.

She also spoke of calling Wolfe's cellphone after his death, to hear his voice "one last time."

"I will take comfort knowing you will always be watching out for us," Fimbres said.

Commander Dave Thomas spoke of Wolfe's many commendations with the police department. In April, Wolfe was nominated for a lifesaving medal, and in March 2003, he spent all night at an apartment explosion tending to the injured.

Soon, pictures of Wolfe and White will be placed on a "Wall of Honor" at their Squaw Peak precinct. The wall honors precinct officers who have died in the line of duty. Officers walk by it every day on their way to and from briefing. Thomas said that when he looks at the wall, he is reminded of an old saying about passing the torch from one set of hands to another.

"What I hope happens with these developing officers is that they realize the sacrifice and the deep sense of responsibility in taking that torch and protecting the community," Thomas said.

Wolfe and White were killed after they kicked in the door of shooting suspect Douglas M. Tatar. White was shot first and Wolfe died when he stepped into the line of fire to pull White to safety.

"All of you, you came when you were called. That is why you are heroes," Thomas told officers. " . . . You are heroes in our community, and you are my heroes."

Fimbres called Wolfe "the bravest hero I've ever known."

"He walked the plank for this community, and he gave it all to help those he didn't even know," said John South, a Phoenix police chaplain.

Mayor Phil Gordon promised mourners he would always tell Wolfe's sons what their father stood for, lived for and died for.

"I'll never forget you, sir," Gordon said. "You will always be in my heart. You will always hold a place of honor in my life.

"Goodbye my friend."
Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 30 to Sep. 2, 2004.
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August 27, 2020
Jason: Although tomorrow marks 16 years, you are still loved and missed each and every day.
Mom


Lynnette McMinn
Mother
March 6, 2020
Thinking of you
Tammy N.
August 28, 2019
Thinking of you! Miss you so much .
Tammy Nguyen
August 27, 2019
Jason - so hard to believe tomorrow marks 15 years. You are loved and missed! Mom
Lynnette McMinn
December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas Jason - miss you so much! Much love to you! Mom
Lynnette McMinn
December 12, 2018
12/13 Happy Birthday Son. All my love, Mom
Lynnette McMinn
November 23, 2018
Thinking of you, as always. Love you, Mom
Lynnette McMinn
November 22, 2018
J
Its thanksgiving and I remember how animated when you talked about it being your favorite holiday. Normally I go visit but not this year. You are still deeply loved and missed by many.

Jellybean
J C
August 27, 2018
Yes, tomorrow marks 14 years. We all love and miss you so much. Much love . . .Mom
Lynnette McMinn
December 12, 2017
Jason it is hard to believe that you would be 41 tomorrow - where has the time gone? Happy Birthday my dear son. Much love to you always.
Lynnette McMinn
August 27, 2017
Jason - it is so hard to believe tomorrow marks 13 years. We will never forget. All my love,
Mom
Lynnette McMinn
Mother
June 12, 2017
Thinking of this hero and his family
June 11, 2017
After all this time still have him in my thoughts.
Mark
December 23, 2016
Jason - your memories are with all of us this time of year. Miss you so much!
Love
Mom
Lynn McMinn
December 17, 2016
The 13th did not go by with out thoughts of you. Happy birthday platinum one.
jellybean
December 12, 2016
JASON: It is so hard for me to believe that tomorrow you would be 40. You are loved each and every day.
Love You,
Ma
Lynn Mcminn
August 30, 2016
It's one of those moments, that's got your name written all over it.

Aw you should be here.
Love you Big brother
crystal Wolfe
August 28, 2016
12 Years and yet it is just like yesterday. You are missed every day. D and I had chat about your craziness today. Yard pumas and bags of rice. You are still the platinum one.
jellybean
August 26, 2016
This time of year continues to bring all of us such sadness. It is hard to believe that Sunday 8/28 will mark 12 years. You are missed and loved everyday my dear son. Much love - Mom
L. McMinn
July 17, 2016
Remembering times past. Hope that all is well with family.
mark mcminn
December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas Jason!!
We all miss you so very much, especially this time of year.
Love,
Mom
Lynn McMinn
December 13, 2015
Jason you are missed each and everyday. I wanted to say'Hasay'HaPP




JASON YOU ARE MISSED EACH AND EVERY DAY AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I WANT TO WISH MY NEPHEW A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY UP IN HEAVEN.
December 13, 2015
Jason: A day 39 years ago was one of the happiest days of my life.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
All my love
Ma
Lynn McMinn
November 26, 2015
My heart hurts today because I know how you said thanksgiving was your favorite holiday.
Jellybean
October 5, 2015
I just read about Jason's passing from our Sunnyslope high school reunion page class of 95' ...So very sorry for the loss
Kavita Perez Balderas
August 29, 2015
Blessings on you are you continue to mourn Jason's loss.
James Scher
August 28, 2015
Jason - so hard to believe today marks 11 years. You are still on my mind each and every day. You will never be forgotten my son.
Love you lots
Mom
Lynn
June 6, 2015
Jason I remember playing ball with you freshman year at slope. I have not thought about that in along time. Rest Well !
Harry Crugar
December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas Jason. Still miss you so much!!
Love always,
Mom
December 13, 2014
Happy Birthday Jason - so hard to believe you would be 38 today! Much love always
Mom
December 13, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HON!
Tammy N
August 29, 2014
MISS YOU!
Tammy
August 29, 2014
Many thoughts and warm memories filled me yesterday. I miss you very much brother. While we mourn your death this 10th year a friends fallen son was given peace with the conviction of his cop killer. I know that Tony and you are together in heaven watching over us and our families.
I love you.
C Wolfe
August 29, 2014
To the wife and mom of Jason
I have been following you and this sorrow for these years. You are in my prayers. Jason must have been a wonderful man. I wish I could have met him.
Br. Jim Scher
August 28, 2014
Ten years I remember that day so clearly as if it was yesterday. Every word said on the radio everything I said my reactions. Holding my breath waiting to hear your voice to make sure you were going to be ok, but I knew I would not hear it again. You are missed so much everyday by so many. I remember the promise you made me and I know your are making sure your taking care of it. Still the one and only platinum one. For your mom I want her to know I think of her often.
jellbean
August 28, 2014
JASON ~ 10 years! We will celebrate your life and memory today. You are on my mind and in my heart everyday. We will never forget.
Much love,
Mom
Lynn McMinn
August 28, 2014
you are always in our hearts -love aunt Angie
Angie Bailey
December 26, 2013
Merry Christmas Jason. You are on all of our minds today. Miss you and love you.
Ma
Lynn McMinn
December 13, 2013
Happy Birthday platinum one. I think of you often and miss you even more.
jellybean
December 13, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON! I MISS YOU
Tammy
December 12, 2013
Happy Birthday Jason
Love always,
Ma
Lynn
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Jason! You are on my mind today.
Love You,
Ma
Lynn McMinn
November 28, 2013
I am thinking of you today. I can remember how you told me Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday. You are missed every day

Jellybean
Jellybean
August 29, 2013
You will never be forgotten-we love you Aunt Angie & Uncle Lou-God bless
August 28, 2013
Dearest Jason: Have 9 years really passed? I remember as though it was yesterday. We will never forget, Jason.
Much love to you always . .
Ma
Lynn McMinn
August 28, 2013
I can't believe it has been 9 years today. I miss you everyday. I was so blessed to have had you make such an impact on me. Love and miss you
Jellybean
August 28, 2013
Think of you often, today more than others.. But you are always with me...
I'm still holding on to the last time I saw you, with happy thoughts and dreams Of the next time we will be together agian...
Love you lots brother xoxo
C Wolfe (Nieman)
July 28, 2013
miss you!
Tammy L
March 10, 2013
Thinking of you!
Tammy L.
January 16, 2013
There has been another officer involved shooting. He is hanging on and he is fighting. As I think of him I can not stop the memories from coming back. If he does leave us please watch over him and his family. You are missed so much and thought of every day.
Jellybean
December 24, 2012
Dearest Jason:
Merry Christmas my beloved Son. Your are in our hearts and on our minds.
Love you,
Mom
Lynn McMinn
December 14, 2012
I include my thoughts and prayers Jason with you loved ones. You must have been a wonderful and powerful son, husband and father. Keep them in your watch from heaven and continue to bless them
James Scher
December 13, 2012
Happy Birthday Platinum one
jellybean
December 13, 2012
Thinking of you today. You are still missed very much
jellybean
December 13, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON!!
Miss you
Love,
Mom
Lynn McMinn
August 31, 2012
Miss & love you....
Xoxo
Crystal W
August 28, 2012
Thinking of you with lots of love..
Tammy L
August 28, 2012
I can't beleive its been 8 years. You are missed everyday.
August 27, 2012
8 years tomorrow..feels like yesterday. Miss you.
August 25, 2012
You are always on my mind, especially this time of year.

You are so missed and loved!
Lynn McMinn
August 24, 2012
Thinking of you!
Love,
Tammy L
December 25, 2011
Jason - Merry Christmas - Miss you - love you.

Ma
Lynn McMinn
December 13, 2011
Happy Birthday platinum one. Thoughts of you were the first thing that popped into my head this morning. You are so missed and so loved.
Jellybean
December 13, 2011
You were the first thing I thought about upon waking this morning. Happy birthday Jason. You are missed.
Amanda Turiano
December 12, 2011
JASON - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You are missed so much ~ Wow, it's hard to think of you as 35 years old ~ Much love to you son.
Ma
Lynn McMinn
November 3, 2011
Jason another officer has come to you. His name is Bradly Jones from Glendale PD. It saddens me that another officer gave his life for the safety of others. You are missed so much.
Jellybean
August 29, 2011
Still think of you and your family everyday and miss you so much.
August 28, 2011
Thinking of you Jason.
Kristie
August 28, 2011
Seven years today. I can't believe it. You are still missed as much as that moment when it happened. Watch over your loved ones, miss you with all my heart.
jellybean
August 27, 2011
Dearest Jason:
It is so difficult for me to believe that tomorrow marks seven years. 7 years, and I remember that day as though it were yesterday. Life has changed so much since then, but the love I feel for you will never change. All of us miss you with all of our hearts. Continue to hold the light for me, my beloved son.
~Love you~
Ma
Lynn McMinn
August 17, 2011
Miss you
July 23, 2011
I was thinking of you today. I had to put out the address. I have said it a million times since that night, but for some reason it took me by surprise and I had to catch my breath. I miss you every day. I know you are watching over everyone you care about.
December 24, 2010
~J~
There is always something missing each Christmas without you here . . . My thoughts and prayers are always with . . . Please continue to hold the light for me. I love you with all my heart.
~Ma~
Lynn McMinn
December 13, 2010
Thinking about you Jason. I know you're watching over us. Miss you.

Love,
Amanda
Amanda Turiano
December 13, 2010
Dearest Jason:

Happy Birthday son!! You are on all of our minds today, as always!

Move love to you son,
Ma
Lynn McMinn
December 8, 2010
Rest in peace.
Kristie
Kristie Odom
October 21, 2010
Jason oh I was thinking of you on that day and remembering bags of rice and yard pumas. I read your letters over and over and it gives me strength. I am having hard time now and I know your spirit and strength would help me. I miss you I miss my friend. I need my friend that would tell me to suck it up and get over it. You are the one and only platinum one.
jellybean
August 30, 2010
God Bless Sir!!! A.L.E.A. Class 338!!!! Was watching the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy website and saw the video they are using and it has our class in it. Great memories, Rest Easy sir.

Flagstaff Police Ofc. P. Sanchez III
Pedro Sanchez III
August 29, 2010
You are never far from our hearts (is what I meant to type).

XOXO
T Wolfe
August 28, 2010
We celebrated you today with some of your favorites. You are never far from our us.

XOXO
T Wolfe
August 28, 2010
My Dearest Jason:
Saturday August 28th - I awakened with a heavy heart this morning. Your brother and I were just looking at photo albums of you. I find myself overwhelmed with emotion today. We miss you more than you will ever know. Please continue to hold the light for me. I love you son.
Ma
Lynn McMinn
August 28, 2010
Jason
Your family misses you every day--your
spirit will never be forgotten--that
wonderful memory is seen in your beautiful son. Thanks for watching over and inspiring your great family, we feel you each day. God bless you.
Aunt Angie
August 28, 2010
Remembering you today as well as cherished special times on the island. You continue to be an inspiration to all whose lives you touched and are remembered for your spontaneous smile and wonderful sense of humor. We miss you but know you are watching over your family and friends.
Gamma
August 27, 2010
To the family: May the comfort from family and friends continue to strengthen you, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
June 8, 2010
THINKING OF YOU
December 13, 2009
JASON:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON! We celebrated your life today! Continue to hold the light for me. I love you with all my heart.
~Ma~
October 17, 2009
Jason,

I think of you every day and miss you more and more every time I think of you. I know you are watching over all of us. I wish you were here I have met some one and I really hope you approve of him. I still remember our deal we had! He reminds me a little of you. But you will always be the platinum one.

love jelly bean
September 14, 2009
Lynn and family,

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you remember and grieve.

Brent & Jennifer Malmstrom
Brent Malmstrom
August 28, 2009
Dear Jason:
Your wonderful spirit will live on in our hearts forever--we think of you every day, but today especially. We love and miss you beyond words.
Aunt Angie
Angie
August 27, 2009
My Dearest Jason:
Once again, the toughest day of the year is just a few hours away. I so closely remember all the time we shared, which makes it so difficult to believe that five years have passed since that fateful day in 2004. To say I miss you would simply be an understatement. I love you son with all my heart.
~Ma~
Lynn McMinn
August 2, 2009
Dear Jason,

You would be so proud of him! He is absolutely amazing each & every day (even on those crazy days when I want to pull my hair out because he reminds me so much of you when you were mischievous)! He can FLIP into the pool! He can READ chapter books! He HOLDS the door open for complete strangers! You name it, he is doing it! He is absolutely a blessing & I cannot thank you enough! We miss you & know you are watching over us! Keep us safe!

Until later becomes forever,

T&C
June 21, 2009
Jason,

i miss you so much. There are days when I would give anything to look into your eyes and feel the warmth of your smile; days when it seems like this separation will last forever. But i kno it won't, because the connetion between us is too strong. when that day comes and we are together again, I know that it will be as if all this time and distance between us never existed.
Until then, you are in my thoughts and in my heart with every day that goes by..
I miss you so much....

Happy Father's Day!!!!
T. L
March 24, 2009
Going thru a drawer last night and there was Jason even after all these years still makes these old eyes water.
Mark McMinn
March 12, 2009
Sweet Jason!

The day is here! I cannot believe it! I can recall every moment of that day! The blessing! Our love, our tears, our pride, our absolute fear (tee hee)! Without you, none of this life would be possible! I love you eternally for what we share together....my love, my life!

I miss you and I wait for you in my dreams! - Tara
January 13, 2009
thinking of you....
love
Tammy
October 11, 2008
Lynn, I haven't heard from you since you sent a picture of your license plate. Yesterday my daughter came home from a 12 hour shift telling me of a domestic in progress behind locked doors, and all 5'2 of her trying to kick in the door. Everything about Jason came flooding back and I thought about your family and the nightmare you all went through. Hope your having better days, we are here in Michigan still thinking and praying for you. Most important...we have not forgot!!!
Deb
Deb Forshee
August 28, 2008
Four years ago today you were taken from us. Today was easier to bear thanks to the special ceremony in your honor. I was amazed and humbled to stand amidst the sea of blue, everyone there to honor YOU. I almost made it through without crying but Todd ruined that for me with his sweet words about his big brother. :)

You are missed, you are loved, and you will always be my hero.

~Peaches~
August 28, 2008
I can't believe it's only been 4 years! We all miss you and love you so much.
July 31, 2008
-J-
Well my love, here we go again, attempting to face the fact that tomorrow means it is the first day of August... The month is the most difficult one that appears on the calendar I am afraid. Although the last few months have been very difficult for me, I at least know in my heart that you were there with me every moment of the way. I love you son and miss you more than words can explain.
Love you, always and forever.
Ma
July 29, 2008
My Sweetheart! I cannot believe we are at it again!! The beginning of another school year. He is not a "little boy" any more. He is "practically a grown-up". I love it whenever I am told this!! I am starting to miss those hand-holding moments because they are so far and few these days. And, I am definitely not allowed to kiss him in front of anybody...well, he really doesn't even let me kiss him unless it is at bedtime. I will not leave his room without a good night kiss! I know he still needs his mom but I am under strict orders to keep it on the downlow. Ha ha. We are trying to find the perfect place to put the picture collage you had designed. I know a lot of sweat and pride went into picking the perfect pictures of the two of you and we want to find the perfect place. Since we have started replacing furniture with more "grownup" furniture, painted new colors, and started re-arranging everything...we must find the perfect spot for all his favorite things again. If only he was as organized and clean as you always were...guess he got that gene from his mom! Ha Ha - He definitely got his daddy's great looks. As he grows up, we constantly hear how good looking he is...what beautiful eyes he has, and on and on and on...he always gets embarrassed and it is soooo cute! He is very kind and always offers a "Thank You" for the compliment. Besides, he already had a girl say she was going to marry him and that she loved him...Yup! Already!! We definitely miss you and feel the impending sadness of August right around the corner. With a few family birthdays, we manage to plug through the beginning of the month but as much as I try to "ignore" the end of the month and wish the 28th somehow "fell off the calendar" I know I must face it every year. People were wrong when they said it gets easier. It never goes away, you never forget, you never stop thinking about your loved one each and every day...all you do is learn to deal with life differently. Each year holds the same important dates as before you left us...we have just added a few more important dates. Each year our photo album grows with new pictures and new adventures...but the old ones still hold the same loving meaning as before. Learning to move forward is not always easy but watching our son grow and love life is worth waking up each and every morning. I know you will continue to watch over us and keep us safe...until we see you again sweetheart.......

All of our love,
T & C
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