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.