Yuma streets dedicated to Fallen Heroes

Yuma, Ariz. – Friday morning the city of Yuma dedicated five streets to multiple law enforcement agents and marines who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Maas family was in attendance and said there is not a day that goes by they don’t think of their dad. Their father, Officer Gary Maas died April 9th 1986. His family says it’s nice his memory is being honored.

“We were just talking about how he would’ve looked now, we just wish he was here,” Stephanie Maas said. Officer Maas was honored along with another slain Yuma police officer Lt. Dan Elkins.

Sgt. Michael Crowe from the Arizona Department of Public safety was also honored, as well as two local marines Lt. Col Christopher Raible, and Sgt. Bradley Atwell.

Mayor Doug Nicholls says the street dedications were long overdue, but added he was thankful they were finally being done.

The newly dedicated streets are:

Avenue 3E is dedicated in honor of Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211

Avenue 3 1/2E is dedicated in honor of Sgt. Bradley Atwell, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 211

Avenue 4E is dedicated in honor of Officer Gary Maas, Yuma Police Department

Avenue 5E is dedicated in honor of Lt. Daniel Elkins, Yuma Police Department

Avenue 6E is dedicated in honor of Sgt. Michael Crowe, Arizona Department of Public Safety

The red signage indicated a fallen marine and blue is for law enforcement.

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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