Officer ROBERT A POTTER New Mexico Motor Transportation Division End of Watch: Thursday August 16, 2012 Cause of Death: Heart attack
On August 15, 2012, as Officer Robert Alan Potter was sitting down to lunch, on a training day, an accident with injuries occurred right outside the restaurant. The impact of the two commercial vehicles shook the whole building.
Officer Potter along with the other officers present responded to the crash scene immediately. One commercial vehicle driver, who weighed more than 400 pounds, was pinned inside his vehicle and had to be extricated while the temperature on the pavement was approximately 115 degrees. The team of officers worked through the heat and physical stress to handle the crash. Upon Officer Potter returning to his unit to go home, he collapsed as a result of a massive heart attack. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed by his coworkers and he was rushed to the closest hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officer Potter graduated from the New Mexico Basic Police Officer Training Academy on May 26, 2006, and worked for the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Division (MTPD) his entire career. Officer Potter was stationed in Alamogordo - District 7 and became a K-9 officer with his partner Dora. Officer Potter also served as a member of the MTPD Honor Guard.
Prior to becoming a Law Enforcement Officer, he served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army.
Officer Potter was a dedicated officer who served the public with commitment, goodwill and great honor. He sacrificed of himself each and every day.
He is survived by wife JoAnne and their son Matthew Duke.
Courtesy of Don Bullis (firstname.lastname@example.org); excerpted from
"New Mexico's Finest: Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty, 1847-2010"
with permission from Rio Grande Books, www.nmsantos.com