Chandler Firefighter Charities has generously agreed to team up with us to help with this cause (as of 5 November). We thank them for their efforts in spreading this crowd funding site.
We will also be hosting a charity event at a local bar/grill on the 20th of November (Bourbon Jacks), starting at 5pm and going until close. Donations at the door and other fundraising events throughout the night. Please donate here or come out and help a good cause looking to offset some of the financial strain of such a tragedy. 100% of the funds raised here and at the event to be split between the officers' families. We intend to present a check shortly after the event on the 20th (once the funds are totalled) from the live event and the onine fundraising. We appreciate your generous nature and that you are helping us to take care of those who took such good care of us through their public and military service.
Chandler Police Department, Arizona
Police Officer Bryant Holmes
End Of Watch: 10-28-14 &
Police Motors Officer David Payne - Army National Guard (active)
End Of Watch: 10-31-14
Police Officer Bryant Holmes, 34, was struck and killed by a red-light runner. Police Motors Officer David Payne, 37, was struck and killed by a (hit-run) drunk driver (details below). Born with a soul that has Courage to wear the Badge, Ofc. Holmes had been Saving, Serving, and Protecting the People for 5 years, while Ofc. Payne had been for 7 years.
Ofc. Holmes was well-liked and respected by not only his fellow Officers but the community as well. Brother Bryant made it a point to make himself visible while on his patrol duties and took time to stop and speak with residents. He knew many by their first names and treated them as friends. Ofc. Holmes was incredibly respectful, always smiling, and made sure the residents knew he was there for them to help them in whatever their needs or concerns may be.
When on a call his fellow Officers loved having him on scene because they knew that no matter how potentially volatile a situation may turn, it was Ofc. Holmes' keen sense of people and he was an amazing intuitive problem solver. His people skills were incredible. And when things did become hot, his fellow Officers knew Brother Bryant had their six covered at all times, paying attention to the surroundings, keeping everyone safe, including the residents. Even upon an arrest, Ofc. Holmes did so with care, representing us all in the finest of fashion.
Ofc. Payne began his career in Law Enforcement as a detention officer. He excelled and soon moved to patrol duties. Brother David studied endlessly, worked tirelessly, and trained with enthusiasm because he wanted to do it all. Ofc. Payne became a certified drug recognition expert and FTO.
But there was one more passion he had inside him that never subsided and the moment he had the chance he went for it with everything he had and finally realized his dream - being a Motors Officer. His ever-present smile became even bigger on this day and it never subsided. He loved this unit, his fellow motors officers, and the work it entailed.
Ofc. Payne was dedicated to DUI enforcement and though he was the toughest as they come out there, he was also incredibly respectful and treated all with dignity and humanity. When he had to issue citations or even make an arrest, Ofc. Payne took great pains to ensure one understood why he was doing what he had to do by explaining and teaching along the way. He gave you something to think about but he did it without making you feel 'less than human'. Even before he began his Motors assignment, Ofc. Payne led his squad in the most DUI arrests. His commitment, dedication, and perseverance was unwavering and he helped save so many lives.
Officer Payne was also an active serving member of the Arizona Army National Guard. He began serving our beloved country and her People in 1998. Brother David started out as a vehicle mechanic in a field artillery unit. he later found himself serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2[phone redacted]. He was currently assigned to the Arizona Medical Command in Phoenix serving with the rank of Army Staff Sergeant.
When not in uniform, both of our Brothers loved nothing more than spending quality time with their children, family, and closest of friends. They were both very caring, nurturing, and warm-hearted gentlemen, always ready to lend a hand or an ear to whomever needed, no questions asked. Both also had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.
Ofc. Holmes and Ofc. Payne served every day with Courage and with Compassion, Fearlessly and with Fairness. These Brave and Benevolent Sons, a Husband, Fathers, and Brothers of Blue simply wanted to make a difference in their small corners of the world. May we take a part of Brother Bryant's and Brother David's legacies with us when we enter into our daily arenas as we continue to create our own. We must also all come together to help raise their children and make an effort to keep their daddies memories alive so they always know how much these Heroes were loved and how they both Lived As Only A Hero Could.
On 28 October 2014, Ofc. Holmes was at the Police Station and had headed home before heading back to begin his night shift. He was in uniform heading to work on his motorcycle, traveling northbound on Recker Road in Gilbert. He went to turn left onto Baseline Road when he was struck by a Jeep Cherokee traveling west on Baseline. It was later learned the driver of the Jeep had a red light when the collision occurred. The driver (who showed no signs of impairment) and his passengers remained on scene and were cooperative with the Police.
Sadly, and with heavy heart, this proved to be our Brother's final battle ... Police Officer Bryant Holmes succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced on scene.
On 31 October 2014, Ofc. Payne was on patrol on his department issued motorcycle at 0040hours. While stopped at a red light at the intersection of Chandler and Pennington, he was rear-ended by vehicle. The impact threw Ofc. Payne quite some distance from his bike. The driver took off but stopped a half mile away. He was found to have his 11 month old child in the vehicle at the time of the collision. The child was not injured and the driver was taken into custody. Preliminary investigation reveals the driver believed to be impaired at time of crash.
Brother David was transported to the hospital in dire condition. Sadly, and with heavy heart, this proved to be his final battle ... Motors Officer David Payne succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced less than 30 minutes later.
Bryant leaves behind his beloved bride and four children (all under 10 years of age). David leaves behind his 11 year old daughter. Both leave behind their parents. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to both the entire Holmes and Payne families, the Men and Women of the Chandler PD and the Gilbert PD, all the responders who showed on both scenes, the residents of Chandler who lost two amazing faithful servants, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero.
- Bryan Sonneveldt
- Michael Halle
- Cory Evans
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