/ Modified aug 27, 2021 4:32 p.m.

One year anniversary of Tohono O'odham officer's death

Tohono O'odham Officer Bryan Brown died Aug. 27, 2020, in the line of duty near the Desert Diamond Why Casino.

Officer Bryan Brown Uniformed personnel saluting during Tohono O'odham Nation Officer Bryan Brown's memorial service August 27, 2021, a year after his death.
Screenshot of Facebook video posted by the Tohono O'odham Office of Emergency Management

A Tohono O'odham officer who died in the line of duty August 2020 was remembered by loved ones Friday on the one year anniversary of his death in an "End of Watch Anniversary" gathering.

Immediate family, local leaders, and law enforcement came together for a private service to remember the life of Tohono O'odham Officer Bryan Brown. After a traditional blessing, Tohono O'odham Chief of Police Elton Begay reflected on Brown's happiness and respect for others. He also shared his nickname for Brown —Sunshine.

Officer Bryan Brown headshots VIEW LARGER Images from memorial slides at the beginning of Tohono O'odham Nation Officer Bryan Brown's memorial service a year after his death.
Screenshot of Facebook video posted by the Tohono O'odham Office of Emergency Management

"He will never be forgotten, because he won't," Begay said. "And we all still love him for what he gave until that ultimate day."

Officer Brown died after an erratic driver who was also reported as armed ran him over with a vehicle near the Desert Diamond Why Casino.

The memorial service can be found on Tohono O'odham Office of Emergency Management's Facebook page.

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