Deputy Ralph K. Butler

June 12, 1972
On a summer Sunday morning Deputy Butler was patrolling Highway 60 west of Wickenburg when he received a radio call for assistance at a double fatality accident near Wittmann. After turning his car around off of the pavement, he pulled back on the road directly in the path of a large tractor-trailer truck. Pinned in the wreckage, Butler waited more than an hour and a half for an ambulance to come from Phoenix because the local emergency vehicles were in service twenty-five miles away at the earlier accident. After emergency treatment in Wickenburg, Deputy Butler was taken by Helicopter to Phoenix for surgery, but the next evening he died of injuries received in the collision.