Tribal Police Officer Dies

Tribal police chief Gary Hall described Menuez this way.

"Adam just loved the job. He liked the people. He was doing what he really loved doing....he was one this was to help someone who he thought was in dire need."

His training officer Debra Denny says he was a natural for the job.

"His personality, his quest for life. He was really open, willing to talk to anybody about anything. He will be missed."

Many people here at Fox Peak on the reservation say they just saw Adam a couple of days ago, yesterday or last night.

"Like all of us, when we get called out we get the call, we don't think about other than the the call we are going on. And I am sure that is what he was thinking is getting to that person who needed help at the time." says Denny.

While the accident is still being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol, investigators say Menuez was traveling down Rio Vista Drive at Tribal Lakes when he lost control of his patrol car and landed in an irrigation ditch.
He was later pronounced dead at Churchill Banner Hospital.

He is a seven year Army veteran who just returned from Afghanistan and served at the Pentagon just after 9-11. He had only been with the force since February, but was on his way to the state academy on July 30.