Gilbert Remembers Fallen Officer
With heavy hearts, dozens of officers, firefighters, council members, friends, and residents gathered to honor and remember Gilbert police officer Lt. Eric Shuhandler on the third anniversary of his death.
Lt. Shuhandler was making a routine traffic stop on January 28, 2010 when he was shot and killed near the intersection of Val Vista Rd. and Baseline Rd. A sign marks the location, and now stands decorated with ribbons tied on during the memorial ceremony last month.
In addition to the evening vigil near the intersection, the Arizona House of Representatives hosted a moment of silence for Lt. Shuhandler. Rep. Kelly Townsend, Police Chief Tim Dorn, and Mayor John Lewis spoke at the capitol during the event.
“As we all care and love and appreciate our public safety officials,” said Mayor Lewis, “this is an example of one that cared for us, who died in the line of duty.”
“It’s very easy in times like this to think of Lt. Eric Shuhandler the police officer,” said Chief Dorn, “But Lt. Eric Shuhandler was the father of two beautiful girls, he was a loving son and was a brother.”
Shuhandler had served the community in uniform for more than 16 years. His memory will live on through Gilbert Police Department memorials, and in the hearts of his fellow officers and Gilbert residents.