MCSO remembers fallen SCAT volunteer

Mohave County Sheriff's Office personnel will be wearing black ribbons in memory of Richard Taylor.

Taylor, 71, was a member of the Sheriff's Citizen Action Team for more than two years when he was killed Tuesday in a traffic accident on Interstate 40 just west of the Beale Street exit.

He was performing his duties as a SCAT volunteer at the time of the accident.

It is customary for officers to wear a shroud over their badges in symbolic mourning when an officer from any other department is killed in the line of duty.

Taylor's vehicle crashed into the back of tractor-trailer slowly traveling in an eastbound lane of I-40.

Personnel with MCSO and the Mohave County Jail will give a similar tribute to a man who gave much of his free time to the sheriff's office, MCSO spokesman Jarrod Lyman said.

"Although he wasn't a certified officer, he still provided service to the public and he was an asset to the department and the public and should be recognized," Billie Ragan, an administrative assistant at the jail, said.

Taylor's co-workers classified him as a man devoted to the department.

"Taylor was a very dedicated volunteer, and he very much enjoyed what he was doing," Sgt.

Ben Renton, who is in charge of the SCAT volunteers, said.

"He came in twice a week to patrol a lot of the areas that are out of the way and he made a point to go out to those areas and wave and smile at people to let them know that the sheriff's office cares.

A lot people probably saw the truck but didn't know who he was behind the wheel.

They probably knew him without really knowing him."

SCAT volunteers assist sheriff deputies in the transportation of prisoners from the jail to court and back.

They also deliver documents and other mail to the various agencies in the county.

The mostly retired volunteers act as the eyes and ears of MCSO.