Submitted by a co-worker
Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Warden at the San Pedro Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville‚ Sandra Bachman and 17 firefighters were dispatched to a forest fire near Payson on June 25‚ 1990 at the request of the U.S. Forest Service. The following day Ms. Bachman and her crew of 5 firefighters encountered the fire’s most destructive path. She and her crew were surrounded in the fire and could not find adequate protection. All perished.
Ms. Bachman had accomplished many goals in her life. She was valedictorian of her graduating class from Arizona State University and obtained her Masters Degree in criminal justice in 1979.
Sandra was inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame in Miami‚ Florida and the CPO Foundation in Sacramento‚ California in September 1990. In October 1991 Sandra was also permanently memorialized on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. On May 8‚ 1997‚ a memorial to her and another fallen officer was dedicated at Perryville State Prison.