Arizona group raising money for family of fallen state trooper

Jul 27, 2018, 3:59 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2018, 5:51 pm
Tyler Edenhofer (Arizona DPS photo)...
Tyler Edenhofer (Arizona DPS photo)
(Arizona DPS photo)

PHOENIX — An organization that supports state troopers in Arizona has launched an online campaign in an effort to raise money for the family of an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper who was killed while on duty this week.

The Arizona State Troopers Association created an online campaign for trooper Tyler Edenhofer.

Edenhofer was shot to death late Wednesday after a suspect got hold of an officer’s gun during a struggle with the man, who’d been throwing things at cars on Interstate 10 in Avondale.

The suspect was later identified as 20-year-old Isaac King, who has a history of mental illness, authorities said. The Avondale resident was in custody.

“Our mission is to take care of our members,” Tim Kvochick, the vice president of the Arizona State Troopers Association, told KTAR News 92.3 FM. 

“We always try to help in these times of need.”

Kvochick said Edenhofer was a member of the association. One-hundred percent of the funds raised will go toward necessary expenses, like travel or funeral expenses, for his family, he added.

“People can get involved by going to the website and donating,” he said.

“Hopefully it can make the day a little bit better.”

The Arizona Cardinals will also raise money for Edenhofer’s family and troopers Dalin Dorris and Sean Rodecap, who were also injured during the struggle.

The barbecue fundraiser will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The 50/50 raffle held during the Cardinals’ practice on Saturday will also be part of the fundraiser.

All of the proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Arizona in support of the troopers and their families.

The death of Edenhofer has brought together people and organizations from across the state.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac and Gaydos on Friday that his death was “heartbreaking” and an example of the sacrifices that law enforcement officers make each day.

“[It is] one of the few professions where we kind of have an expectation that these men and women will be putting their own safety in harms’ way for others,” he said.

“Aside from the military, I don’t know what other profession where that is almost in the job description.”

The Arizona chapter of the Concerns of Police Officers organization, also known as COPS, was also helping provide moral support to the family.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar and Nailea Leon contributed to this report. 

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Arizona group raising money for family of fallen state trooper