Crownpoint, NM – Navajo Police Department (NPD) Sergeant Lamar Martin died in the line of duty on Monday due to an on-duty medical event he suffered in October.
“It is with great sorrow and significant grief that the Navajo Police Department announces the passing of Police Sergeant Lamar Martin,” Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco said in a press release on Monday.
“During the time of mourning, our police family wants Sergeant Martin’s family to know that we are with you and stand ready to assist in any way,” Chief Francisco said. “We ask for your prayers and support as we navigate this difficult time.”
Details regarding the on-duty medical event Sgt. Martin suffered on Oct. 9 were not released.
The 46-year-old sergeant was assigned to the NPD’s Crownpoint Police District at the time of his death, Native News Online reported.
Throughout his 22 years of service with the NPD, Sgt. Martin was a “consummate professional” as he “conducted his duties in the service of our People,” Chief Francisco said.
He was a member of the department’s Strategic Reaction Team, and also served as a field training officer, general instructor, and defensive tactics instructor.
The chief noted that Sgt. Martin was “an honored and awarded military veteran” who served in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the New Mexico Army National Guard.
He was assigned for active duty during operation Iraqi Freedom in both 2004 and 2009.
“Sergeant Martin has touched the hearts and minds of numerous officers, associated personnel and the public,” Chief Francisco noted. “His loss will be a great one, but our Department and the community have benefited greatly from his smile and ever present positivity.”
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced that all flags on the Navajo Nation would be lowered to half-staff in memory of the beloved sergeant, Native News Online reported.
“The memory and honor of Police Sergeant Lamar Martin will live on in our hearts forever,” Nez said. “On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Lizer said that Sgt. Martin was a “honorable and distinguished” officer, and that his loss brought sorrow to the entire Navajo Nation, Native News Online reported.
“To his family, we offer our thoughts and prayers for you and Sergeant Martin,” Lizer said. “Please take comfort in knowing that your loved one is now in the hands of our Creator.”
New Mexico Governor Doug Ducey also ordered that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday.
In a press release, Ducey praised Sgt. Martin’s decades of law enforcement and military service, and extended his condolences to the fallen sergeant’s family.
“He was committed to the well-being of his community and nation, and put his life on the line to keep others safe,” the governor said.
Sgt. Martin leaves behind his wife, Rosinda, as well as his children, Luke, Kevin, Tylor, Emily, and Maysun, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his siblings and three grandchildren.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Navajo Police Department Sergeant Lamar Martin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.