Sadly, across the country, many law enforcement officers will lose their lives this year while performing their duties. The Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program, created by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is administered by the National Fraternal Order of Police Foundation to assist the spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
It’s not how these deputies died that makes them heroes. It’s how they lived.
Sergeant Brandon Mendoza was killed at the age of 32 after completing his shift on May 12, 2014 in a fatal head-on collision with a drunk wrong-way driver on the I-10 to US-60 freeway interchange ramp.
Sergeant Mendoza was a Mesa High School graduate and realized his dream of being a Mesa Police Officer. As a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department, he dedicated his life to his job of public service and to being an example and inspiration for the youth of the community.
Sergeant Mendoza was survived by his mother and father, his two brothers and one sister, as well as his grandparents, nieces, nephews, and cousins who all loved him dearly.