Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp has named wounded Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske as the law enforcement officer of the quarter.
Meeske is still on disability but hoping to return to full duty after being shot three times making a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway in Payson in late September 2013. One bullet struck him in the leg. One passed through his forearm, severing an artery. The third shot struck him in the back and might have killed him, but for his bulletproof vest.
The driver of the car was Cody Archuleta, 22, a Tempe man with a criminal past.
Meeske radioed that he’d been shot and then drove himself to the hospital.
In making the presentation to Jaime Escobedo, representing the absent Meeske, Beauchamp talked about how he puts on a tie before he comes to work, Meeske and his fellow law enforcement officers put on a bulletproof vest. He said it is humbling to know what these men and women risk every day to keep their fellow citizens safe.
Meeske could not attend the ceremony Feb. 4 at the Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting because of complications from a surgery on his injured arm, Escobedo said. Meeske is working to regain full use of his hand so he can return to active duty.
The county also acknowledged years of service by 24 of its Northern Gila County employees for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service to county staff in. Other awards were also presented to employees working in the Globe area.