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Chief Lekan's final pursuit: Funding Fallen Officers' Monument

After nearly 33 years on the force, Yuma’s Chief of Police John Lekan’s final pursuit before retiring is raising money to build the Fallen Officers' Monument (FOM). It’s a project the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Yuma Lodge, have been working on tirelessly.

The FOM is near to Chief Lekan’s heart, as he was testing to be a police officer or serving on the force during the time that both Yuma Police officers Lt. Danny Elkins (1995) and Patrolman Gary Mass (1986) were killed in the line of duty. In addition, his wife’s grandfather, YCSO Deputy Sylvester Villa, was also killed in the line of duty.

Around the Yuma region to date 36 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while serving. They will all be memorialized at the FOM when it’s constructed at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.

Chief Lekan officially retires on March 29 and is requesting no money be spent on plaques nor gifts to him; instead, he asks solely for monetary donations toward the fund. Chief Lekan stated, “This monument is unfinished business during my watch… I am honored to be in a position to move the Fallen Officer’s Monument closer to completion…to providing a place worthy of those who have died protecting Yuma and the surrounding area… I need your help to make this a reality.”

The FOP has collected nearly $40,000 and it is projected another $60,000 is needed, in response, Chief Lekan is calling out the community, clubs, businesses, schools, his friends and family and local law enforcement to help him in his final pursuit.

Here’s how you can get involved. Come with your money or checks in hand to these fun events!


Chief gives Kisses for Cash (Hershey Kisses of course!)

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14

Yuma Police Department

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Lock up the Chief (the more money you give, the longer he stays locked up)

March 14

Yuma Regional Palms Center roundabout

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Chief’s Final Retirement Farewell Open House (community is welcome to stop by and say “so long”… and to support the Fallen Officer’s Monument)

March 27

Yuma Police Department

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


If you cannot attend these events, you can still help by mailing checks to:

FOP Yuma Lodge #24

P.O. Box 6283

Yuma, AZ 85366

In memo area, write: Yuma Lodge Monument Fund (Chief Lekan)


Tax deductible donations can be made through the AZ FOP State Foundation by mailing a check to:

Arizona FOP Foundation, Inc.

2510 E 11th Street

Douglas, AZ 85607

In memo area write: Yuma Lodge Memorial Fund (Chief Lekan)


Donors can also contribute online at (add Chief Lekan in note) and donations are tax deductible.