Funeral held for retired Somerton Police officer

YUMA, Ariz. – An endless stream of flashing lights could be seen on East 40th Street in Yuma as law enforcement from throughout the Desert Southwest came together to honor the life of Curtis Bailey.

Somerton Police Chief Benjamin Cotman said, “I can tell you he’s gonna really be missed.”

Bailey lost his fight to cancer last week at only 55 years old. He dedicated more than 25 years to law enforcement, serving 10 years at the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. He retired from the Somerton Police Department as a sergeant in 2014.

Glenda Carlson is his aunt.

“From day one, it was his dream to be a policeman,” she said.

Tuesday, dozens of patrol vehicles made their way to the funeral at Sunset Vista Funeral Home in the Yuma Foothills. Men and women in uniform from Yuma, Imperial and La Paz counties as well as California and Arizona Highway Patrols were there.

“I don’t think anybody could ever have anything bad to say about him. He always had the positive outlook on everything,” Chief Cotman said.

A large crowd surrounded his grave, showing only a portion of the lives he touched. Bailey’s aunt drove from Oklahoma to attend his funeral and said she remembers him as loving and fun.

“I love him very much, and I’m gonna miss him an awful lot,” Carlson explained.

Sergeant Curtis Bailey leaves behind four children and ten grandchildren.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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