TUCSON – Teams made up of volunteers who are specially trained and certified in critical incident stress management have been in Tucson for nearly a week.
Deputy Marshals with The United States Marshals Service arrived in here 24 hours after Deputy Marshal Chase White was shot and killed in the line of duty.
On November 29 he was serving an arrest warrant along with others in a task force when the suspect opened fire and shot and killed the 41-year-old Deputy Marshal.
USMS Critical Incident Response Team and the Incident Management Team came from around the country to help out.
Roberto Robinson who is the Assistant Director of the Tactical Operation Division told News 4 Tucson these two teams are critical because they are taking care of our own.
The CIRT team takes care of the family, and the coworkers, IMT sets up logistics, communication, all the nuts and bolts that it takes for people who are coming in.
In all there are 50 Deputy Marshals in Tucson. They are specially trained and certified in critical incident stress management. They volunteer for this assignment in addition to their normal duties.
Most have experienced trauma, for Robinson it was 911. The twin towers came crashing down in front of his office.
Supervisory deputy marshal Chris White said fallen brothers are never left alone. A team of Deputy Marshals who work with the fallen deputy stand watch over the body 24/7. He said they rotate in and out.
He had that duty in 2011 when Deputy Marshal John Perry was killed. He was serving an arrest warrant on a dangerous fugitive in St. Louis.
He said for him it was a time of reflection. He thought about his family, the fallen officer’s family, and the job.
He said you can recognize that they are vulnerable in this job and they can do everything right, and still have a tragic outcome.
White said it’s his faith, his belief in God that helps him to help others.
A celebration of Deputy Chase White’s Life is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 am at the Tucson Convention Center.