K9 Officer Robert A. Potter New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, New Mexico End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 2012

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K9 Officer Robert A. Potter

New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, New Mexico
End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: K910

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: August 16, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Deputy Chief Mark C. Rowley
New Mexico Motor Transportation Police
P.O. Box 1628
Room 3078
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: (505) 476-2457

K9 Officer Robert Potter was working a tractor-trailer crash scene on Interstate 10 near Vado when he suffered a major heart attack. Officer Potter was one of several officers on the scene of the wreck, and he collapsed while rendering aid. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Officer Potter was pronounced at 2150 hours.
Officer Potter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of the New Mexico Motor Transportation Division Honor Guard. He is survived by his wife and son.

LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Motor Transportation Police officer who collapsed Wednesday near a tractor-trailer crash scene on Interstate 10 has died, a state police spokesman said.

Officer Robert Potter, 41, of Alamogordo died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Medical Hospital in Las Cruces after suffering a massive heart attack on Wednesday, New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald said.

Potter was one of several officers who were staging in the National Truck Stop parking lot in Vado, located directly across from where a tractor-trailer crashed into another 18-wheeler on eastbound I-10 .

A witness said Potter was holding a door for someone when he suddenly collapsed.

"Officer Potter was a friend to all in MTDP and many throughout DPS and the state of New Mexico," McDonald said. "As a proud veteran of the armed forces and a seven-year veteran of MTDP he will be dearly missed. Please keep the family of Officer Potter, his wife JoAnne and their son Matthew Duke in your thoughts and prayers," McDonald said.

Further information on services will be announced when available, according to McDonald.

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2 Responses to “K9 Officer Robert A. Potter New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, New Mexico End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 2012”


  1. 1 Joan Parker August 18, 2012 at 11:46

    Rest In Peace Officer Potter…

  2. 2 Sonia Lopez August 20, 2012 at 13:37

    Thank You Officer Potter you will always be remember and honored. May you rest in peace.


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