ALL of us in public safety morn the passing of Commander Carnicle, and pray for the impacted families and speedy recovery of the two other heroes as they recover from their injuries. This is a solemn reminder that life is precious, and we never know when tragedy will strike. PLEASE be safe out there and we thank our brothers and sisters working the street in the face of evil each and every night.
Sean Mattson, President
Arizona Fraternal Order of Police
In addition, the Phoenix Police Department issued the following statement:
Critical Incident Update: It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a Phoenix Police Department Commander.
Greg Carnicle was shot in the line of duty on Sunday, March 29 on the scene of a domestic violence call. Two other officers were also shot during the incident at 40th Drive and Pinnacle Peak. The two officers are expected to recover.
Commander Carnicle was a 31-year veteran of the force and was just months away from retiring. During his distinguished career, he held positions throughout the department including the special assignments unit, K9 and he most recently oversaw all evening and weekend patrol operations.
Rest In Peace Commander Carnicle.
PHOENIX – The Fraternal Order of Police conducted a day of fundraising for the family of a fallen Phoenix police officer.
We collected both money and diapers at FOP Lodge 2 — located at 12851 N. 19th Ave., at Sweetwater.
Officer Travis Murphy was gunned down in the line of duty in May, leaving behind a wife and two young children.
His widow is left behind to deal with both the loss of her husband and a significant loss of the family’s income.
“Our goal is to try and raise some money to kind of tide them over and help them out — and, not worry about the mortgage payment and things like that — until they can get back on their feet and live some kind of a normal life again,” said Phoenix Police Officer Dave Hopkins.
The FOP served breakfast, lunch and dinner for a $5 donation.
Murphy’s widow, Danielle, was among those at the pasta dinner that raised more than $38,000 to support the couple’s two young children, Kailee, 2, and infant Cody. The officer’s baby boy was born just two weeks before he was shot and killed during a suspicious-vehicle stop in central Phoenix. The lodge traditionally hosts fundraisers for officers killed or injured in the line of duty.