Pima retires Sgt. Shotwell’s call sign

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The town of Pima retired Sgt. Shotwell’s call sign and Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis hand-delivered Shotwell’s badge and cremated remains to her mother and sister in Idaho.

By Jon Johnson


PIMA – In a sign of respect for its fallen officer, the Pima Town Council unanimously voted at its Tuesday, Oct. 1 meeting to retire Pima Sgt. Sandra Shotwell’s call sign of  “304”.

Shotwell, 53, was found deceased in her residence Sept. 12. 

“We just felt it was appropriate,” said Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis. “We’ve never lost an officer while they were employed with us, so we felt like it was the right thing to do for her and her family.”

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Pima Police Chief Diane Cauthen, left, and Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis show their respects at the cemetery service for fallen officer Sgt. Sandra Shotwell.

There was a large outpouring of support for Sgt. Shotwell at her funeral services at the Pima Cemetery from both the law enforcement community in Graham and Greenlee counties as well as from the local public. Sgt. Shotwell joined the Pima Police Department in November 2014 and previously was with the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office from 2008-2014. (First responders honor fallen Pima Police Sergeant Sandra Shotwell – Gila Herald Sept. 21, 2019. 

“I was very happy with the community support and that from the other agencies,” Lewis said. 

After the service, the town mounted Sgt. Shotwell’s badge onto a plaque and Lewis drove it and her cremated remains to Idaho to hand-deliver them to her mother and sister.

“Her mom is 85 and couldn’t make the trip down here, so we felt it was just appropriate to hand-deliver it to the family,” Lewis said.  

In other Pima Town Council news: 

The Pima Fire Department will receive a kitchen remodel at its firehouse and the town will hire a part-time public works employee.  

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