DPS officer Timothy Huffman honored at State Capitol

PHOENIX - It’s been one year since 14-year veteran of Department of Public Safety officer Timothy Huffman was killed in the line of duty.

“It’s been hard,” said Tammi Huffman, Timothy's sister-in-law.

Officer Huffman was dedicated to serving is country and community. He started in the Army and eventually joined DPS.

"When he got into DPS, it was the thrill of his life," said Timothy's brother Warren Huffman, Jr.

A life cut short at the age of 47.

"It's like a void," said Tom Huffman, Timothy's other brother.

Investigators say Huffman was killed by a distracted driver. Officers say he was using his cell phone while behind the wheel of a semi-truck.

“This is just senseless. This should not have happened,” said Warren.

A life taken away, leaving behind only cherished memories.

But now, the Huffmans have a public reminder of the sacrifice the14-year DPS veteran made.

He joins the long list of Arizona officers killed in the line of duty.

"And if we can impact one driver, its one life we can save," said Tammi.

And they are looking for distracted drivers every time they are on the road.

"I want to get out and show them a picture of my brother,” said Warren.

"Make Timothy Huffman a symbol of what could happen if you take your eyes off the road."

The Huffman family is working with lawmakers in Arizona and across the nation to have laws in place to punish distracted drivers.

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