Published September 1, 2016
WINDOW ROCK—The Navajo Nation is in mourning.
Police officer Leader Frank of the Navajo Police Department lost his life while responding to a call in the Chinle District on August 30, 2016.
“We send heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Navajo Police Officer Leander Frank. The Navajo people grieve his loss and I have ordered flags across the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in his honor from sunrise on September 3 to sunset on September 3, 2016,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.
“Officer Frank has reached the end of watch and on behalf of a grateful nation, we extend our solemn appreciation for his service to the Navajo people,” he added.
Frank served the Navajo Police Department for more than 13 years and was the rank of senior police officer.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the life and service of Navajo Police Officer Leander Frank on Aug. 31.
Vice President Jonathan Nez said, “Our Navajo Police have taken the oath to serve and protect the Navajo people and many have given their lives in service to our nation. We are grateful for the honorable service of Leander Frank and we send our condolences to his family.”
He noted that the Begaye-Nez administration is committed to constructing a memorial to fallen officers of the Navajo Police to honor and preserve their memory.
Officer Frank was the 12th officer of the Navajo Police to be killed in the line of duty since 1975. Seven Navajo Police were killed by gunfire, three by automobile accident, one by assault and one succumbed to a heart attack.