Santa Fe Police Department buries one of its own: Recently retired Tim LaForge

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Hundreds of friends, family and fellow police officers took part in the funeral (in Rio Rancho) and burial (at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe) on Monday of former Santa Fe Police Department Officer Tim LaForge. He was 49.

The 15-year department veteran who was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army was found dead last week in his Rio Rancho home, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.

He had recently retired from SFPD.

The New Mexican, by policy, does generally not cover suicides. Since this blog is frequented by many in the criminal justice community in Northern New Mexico who knew Tim, I wanted to make sure to acknowledge his passing and post links to his obituary and an online guest book people can post comments on. Here are those links:

Also, here is a link to the obituary of Mark Sanckez, 33, a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy who also reportedly committed suicide two weeks ago and was buried a week prior to LaForge.

  1. stewie griffin says:

    Thanks for acknowledging it, I heard about it the day it happened and hoped the sf press would cover it. I met the officer a couple of years ago and thought very highly of him.

  2. Henretta Salazar says:

    I witness the long line of police cars and a fire truck coming into Santa Fe on I-25. What an impressing sight to witness. In my mind, it appears that our police officer’s and firefighter’s have a close relationship with each other in terms of working side by side in the public safety job they do for us. Regardless, on how this officer died or the sheriff deputy in Rio Arriba County, they were good public servants and deserved the dignity and respect from our citizen’s. I pray that their families remain strong in thier faith and continue to live a day and moment in peace with themselves.

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