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Hero Down: ASU PD Officer Joseph Montgomery Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Tempe, AZ – Arizona State University Police Department (ASUPD) Officer Joseph Montgomery died in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash while traveling to work on Thursday morning, according to police.

The fatal collision occurred on the northbound Loop 101 near University Drive at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) said, according to KTAR.

According to DPS spokesperson Bart Graves, investigators believe Officer Montgomery’s motorcycle may have crashed into a wall.

The 54-year-old officer was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The exact cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation, KNXV reported.

“It’s a very difficult situation. You never want to lose an officer and with as respected as he was… it’s a big loss and it’ll leave a significant void,” ASUPD spokesperson Adam Wolfe told KPNX.

Officer Montgomery served the ASUPD for 13 years, his department tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

He often patrolled the downtown Phoenix campus, KPNX reported.

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Officer Joseph Montgomery, following a motorcycle accident this morning,” the ASUPD said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Officer Montgomery leaves behind his wife and four children, according to his department.

“Rest in Peace Officer Montgomery,” the ASUPD said in a subsequent tweet. “Thank you for your service to our department and community. You will be greatly missed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Arizona State University Police Department Officer Joseph Montgomery, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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