REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is honoring the life of a police officer who died from a medical problem while on duty.
Friends, colleagues and tribal officials paid tribute to Sgt. Lamar Martin during a funeral on Friday in Rehoboth, New Mexico.
A press release from the Navajo Nation says his relatives described Martin as a great family man who loved his wife and children, enjoyed outdoor activities and liked reading books and comic books. His fellow officers recalled him as a mentor and leader who didn’t hesitate to share the expertise he gained in 22 years with the Navajo Police Department.
The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of Navajo Police Sgt. Lamar Martin, who passed away this morning following a medical event that occurred on Oct. 9. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. Sgt. Martin will remain in our memories and hearts forever. pic.twitter.com/AF7i1Jo3Xk
— Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) November 4, 2019
Martin was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and New Mexico National Guard. He’s survived by his wife and five children.