The Gila County Public Safety Memorial Association wishes to congratulate the three winners of our spring raffle. First prize, a 39 inch Insignia flat screen TV, was won by former Miami Mayor Rosemary Castaneda. The Castaneda family are steeped in local Public Safety with Rosemary’s husband, the late Abraham “Abie” Castaneda who served 32 years, including as Miami Police Chief, her son AJ Castaneda who is currently Commander of Globe Police Department, and daughter Christine Duarte who recently served as Miami Police Administrator.
Second prize was a ten inch Dragon Touch Android Notepad which went to the Martin family. Wife Megan and husband Jacob, who was an officer for San Carlos Police then a detention officer for Gila County, were on hand for a photo and to receive their prize along with their young son Westin. Third prize, a Live Oak tree copper splash, was won by Kianna Rodriquez, granddaughter of retired Gila County Sheriff Joe Rodriquez. Sheriff Joe also graciously volunteers as secretary on the Memorial Board.
The Gila County Public Safety Memorial Association was created to establish a monument in Gila County dedicated to enshrining the names and memory of all those who have given their lives in the performance of duty in Gila County since 1881. Police, fire, detention, investigative, and rescue workers risk their lives to daily preserve the life and property of their neighbors and fellow citizens. The sacrifice of these honored fallen heroes of Gila County will be preserved to posterity with this Memorial.
The Memorial Association wishes to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket or sold them on our behalf. We thank you all for your generous support. A special thanks to the Gila County Historical Museum for kindly allowing this important ongoing project to reside with them. Thank you to all of those currently in public safety who honorably serve us daily.