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2006 Cops on Top 50 States
Memorial Expeditions
- May 20, 2006 -

Get the latest news from the National Police Week
Summit for Heroes expeditions right here!

Alaska - Denali Expedition: The Denali team is using satellite phone technology to post text and some images from the field as they ascend the highest point in the United States. You can check their latest updates here.

Other States - Shooting for All 50: Other states will post audio updates here via audio-blog from mobile phones or whatever telephone means they have. Their updates will appear on this page whenever they start coming in. You can review all audio reports from past expeditions as well as the current ones on the Climber's Weblog. The roster of participants is available below.

Latest Updates from the Field:
Note: The five newest entries are shown below. To view all updates, please visit the Climbers' Weblog page. Audio updates and images can be accessed on the Climbers' Weblog by clicking the headline for each entry.

Cops on Top is excited to announce our latest endeavor to honor all officers, nationwide, who have been killed in the line of duty: the Cops on Top 2006 Summit For Heroes. On May 20, 2006, timed to coincide with National Police Week, Cops on Top will be fielding teams across the United States to the highest point of all 50 states in remembrance of our fallen comrades.

In conjunction with The Force and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Cops on Top teams in all 50 states will be raising money for COPS in memory of all fallen officers in each state. The Force has generously pledged to match all donations to COPS, up to $20,000!

Teams are being organized now in all 50 states. Join with us in celebrating the life and memory of our fallen heroes by participating in your local memorial climb or by making a donation to COPS.

If you are interested in participating in a state highpoint climb, contact Cops on Top.

If you are interested in making a donation to COPS which will be matched by The Force, contact COPS.

Help us complete this historic event by ensuring that all 50 state highpoints are reached on May 20th on behalf of America’s fallen police officers. Many officers have committed to undertaking difficult expeditions to reach our goal. The team attempting Alaska’s Denali, the 20,320 foot highest mountain in North America, will have been on the mountain for three weeks in preparation of their summit attempt on May 20th. Don’t let your state be the one that comes up short! Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by to assist Concerns of Police Survivors in their ongoing commitment to caring for the families and coworkers of our fallen comrades. Join with us on May 20th in honoring the sacrifice of all those who have given so much in protecting our homes, families, and loved ones.

We will NEVER forget!

Alabama Chief John Dryden Anniston Police Department
Cheaha Mountain Officer Jimmy Dodson Anniston Police Department
Alaska  Michel Caron Cops on Top
Fanny Daellenbach Swiss National Police
Renato Daellenabch Neuchatel Switzerland Police
Denali Chuck Porter Denver CO PD
Arizona Sergeant Carl Johnson Buckeye AZ PD
Officer Daren Wunderle Phoenix AZ PD
Officer Tara Wolfe Phoenix AZ PD
Officer Brian McAchran Buckeye AZ PD
Officer David Smith Buckeye AZ PD
Officer Kim Hinkle Buckeye AZ PD
Jeff Carroll  
Humphreys Peak Jim Leininger Cops on Top
Arkansas Sheriff Mark Limbird Logan County Sheriff's Office
Mount Magazine    
California Officer Chris Singleton San Jose CA PD
Battalion Chief Kaley Erickson USFS (retired)
Mt Whitney    
Colorado Officer Perry Speelman Denver CO PD
Mount Elbert Roy Johnson VF Imagewear
Shawn Cartner Colorado Springs
Todd Mitchell  
Det. Cynthia Roberts Colorado Springs Police Department
Bill Ayyad RN Craig Hospital
Trevor Greenwood Fort Morgan Police Department
Officer Scott Larson Colorado Springs PD
Officer Marko T. Somersalmi Colorado Springs PD
Officer Fred Walker Colorado Springs PD
Officer Ronnie Gibson Colorado Springs PD
Officer Pete Carey Colorado Springs PD
Officer David Whitlock Colorado Springs PD
Officer Keren Hale Colorado Springs PD
Officer Eric Price Colorado Springs PD
Officer Bob Weber Colorado Springs PD
Officer Curtis Hasling Colorado Springs PD
Officer Christie Bradigan Colorado Springs PD
Officer Gary Carollo Colorado Springs PD
Officer Gavin Montoya Colorado Springs PD
Officer David Edmondson Colorado Springs PD
Officer Marishah Hale Colorado Springs PD
Officer Chris Dryman Colorado Springs PD
Officer Tim Browne Colorado Springs PD
Officer Eric Ingalsbe Colorado Springs PD
Officer D. Breitfecder Colorado Springs PD
Jeff Jensen Brother of Det.Jared Jensen 
Officer Greg Jones Denver CO PD
Officer Henry Velez Denver CO PD
Officer Teresa Driscoll Denver CO PD
Agent Jennifer Cotter DEA
Sarah Stewart Denver CO Fire Department
Agent Andy Stearns Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Peter Hunkar Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Jim Moore Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Bob Moen Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent John Smith Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Dawn Marie Dixon Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Leslie Kopper Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Rebecca Parah Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Bryan Hile Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Kevin Fisk Denver Bureau of FBI
Agent Joe Hunt Denver Bureau of FBI
Connecticut  Officer Paul Hilli State of Connecticut DEP
Mount Frissel Officer  Keith Schneider State of Connecticut DEP
Sgt. Jim Warren State of Connecticut DEP
Scott Driscoll Glastonbury CT PD
Sergeant Mark Shaw State of Connecticut DEP
Trooper Ed Capowich Connecticut State Police
Officer Ed Pyznar State of Connecticut DEP
Sgt. Mark Shaw State of Connecticut DEP
Delaware Sgt.William Wells Wilmington PD
Ebright Azimuth    
Florida Dep. Donna Shank  Walton Co SO
Britton Hill    
Georgia  Sheriff Scott Stephens Union Co So
Brasstown Bald    
Hawaii  Bryan Sugiyama HI State Conservation Office -Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea Detective Trish Whelan Farmington NM PD
Craig Yazzie Farmington NM PD
Idaho Sgt. Greg Rix Bonneville County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Corey Foster Rexburg ID PD
Borah Peak Rexburg PD Team  
Illinois Sheriff Brian Melton Jo Daviess County IL Sheriff's Office
Charles Mound Deputy Ron Schutts Jo Daviess County IL Sheriff's Office
Indiana Officer Tyler Shoemaker Clinton County Sheriffs Department
Officer Jamin Mink Clinton County Sheriffs Department
Lt. Joe Mink Clinton County Sheriffs Department
Hoosier Hill    
Iowa Sheriff Doug Weber Osceola Co SO
Hawkeye Point    
Kansas Sheriff Townsed Wallace Co SO
Mount Sunflower    
Kentucky Rick Sturgis Clinton County Sheriffs Department
Black Mountain    
Louisiana Sheriff John Balance Bienville Parish SO
Driskill Mountain Deputy Michael Jones Bienville Parish SO
Maine Constable Gerry Crispo Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Mount Katahdin Qmstr Carson Hagerman Fredericton NB Police
Agent William Nelson United States Secret Service
Officer Kent Porter Portland Maine Police Department
Officer Angela Porter Maine State Police
Corporal Steve Horsman Fredericton NB Police
Constable Brian Carmichael Fredericton NB Police
Constable Scott Dixon Fredericton NB Police
Officer Rick Ray Portland ME Police Department
Officer Chris Farley Bridgton ME Police Department
SA Martin Connolly United States Secret Service
Officer Jeff Hawkins Portland ME Police Department
Officer Justin Alderman Portland ME Police Department
Charles Porter Jr.  
Norma Porter  
SA John Lund US Postal OIG
Maryland Steve Tom Maryland State Police
Backbone Mountain TFC Jason Crowe Maryland State Police
SGT. Dan Weaver Maryland State Police
Massachusetts Chief Poirot Adams PD
Greylock Lt. John Healy  Mass State Police
Officer Gene Gavazzi Adams PD
Officer Gregory Charon Adams PD
Michigan Deputy Marty Mendell Allegan County Sheriff's Office
Mount Arvon    
Minnesota Deputy Chief Leif Lunde Cook Co SO
Eagle Mountain    
Mississippi Capt. Jeff McNeece Mississippi State Police
Woodall Mountain    
Missouri  Chief Scott Eck Ironton PD
Taum Sauk    
Montana Sergeant Keith McPheeters Farmington NM PD
Granite Peak Officer Rocky Fails Farmington NM PD
Trooper Stu Frink Washington State Patrol
Sergeant Troy Bacon Frankfort IN PD
Nebraska Steve Siegrfied Scottsbluff NE PD
Panorama Point Joe Rohrer   
Nevada Officer Erik Wallitner Washoe County SO
Boundry Peak Constable Hans Keller Incline Village Constable's Office
Lieutenant Hal Edwards Las Vegas Metro Police
New Hampshire Sheriff Dan Collis Belknap County Sheriff
Belknap County SO Team  
Mount Washington Russ Halpern-Reiss  
New Jersey Ptl. David Ambrose Morris Township PD (retired)
High Point    
New Mexico Officer Donald Keith Albuquerque NM PD
Wheeler Peak Officer Jeff Peterson Albuquerque NM PD
Officer James Cutler Albuquerque NM PD
Officer Eric Schum New Mexico State Police
Officer Trace Peck Albuquerque NM PD
Officer Simon Drobik Albuquerque NM PD
Officer Ryan Buckner Albuquerque NM PD
Officer Luis Castaneda Albuquerque NM PD
New York Ken Hubert NYPD
Mt. Marcy Tony Fiacco  
North Carolina Officer Jeff Downey Frankfort IN PD
Tonya Downey  
Mount Mitchell Denise Jones  
North Dakota Cpt. Arnie Schimke North Dakota Highway Patrol (ret)
White Butte Trooper Jeff Azure Bismarck ND PD
Ohio Sheriff Michael Henry Logan County Sheriff's Office
Campbell Hill Sergeant Randy Dodds Logan County Sheriff's Office
Oklahoma Officer Bryan Weathers Edmond OK PD
Black Mesa Officer Jeff  Meadows  
Officer Christy Meadows  
Officer Marion Cain  
Oregon  Officer Spencer Berntsen Bremerton P.D.
Mount Hood Prosecutor Jim Mitchell Kitsap County DA
Officer Daniel Breed Issaquah WA PD
Agent Rachel Lepovetsky Naval Criminal Investigator Services
Pennsylvania Chief Rick Brown Meyersdale Bourogh
Mount Davis Officer Rod Norman Meyersdale Bourogh
Rhode Island  Lieutenant Eric Rollinson Foster RI PD
Jerimoth Hill    
South Carolina Sgt. Jim Burris Greenville County SC Sheriff's Office
Sassafras Mountain    
South Dakota  Chief Deputy David Bramblee Pennington Co SO
Harney Peak Sgt. Tony Verchio Pennington Co SO
Tennessee Officer Kevin O’Brien Frankfort IN PD
Officer Scott Shoemaker Frankfort IN PD
Sgt. Eric Booth Frankfort IN PD
Clingmans Dome Officer Wes Hickson Frankfort IN PD
Captain Jeff Francis Chattanooga Police Department
Texas Cpl. Robert Kolar Universty Texas SA PD
Guadalupe Peak Sgt. Paul English  Universty Texas SA PD
Ofc. Elizabeth Carter Universty Texas SA PD
Ofc. Geoffrey Merritt Universty Texas SA PD
Ofc. Joe Mirales Universty Texas SA PD
Utah Steve Evans Cops on Top Board
Officer Nathan Cline Ogden UT PD
Kings Peak Assistant Chief Ken Pearce Salt Lake City PD
Assistant Chief Carroll Mays Salt Lake City PD
Officer Richard Findlay Salt Lake City PD
Officer Andrew Jackson Salt Lake City PD
Ed Paz  
Vermont Gordon Dixon  
Mount Mansfield Jack Himmelsbach Vermont State Police 
Virginia Bill Story Virginia Beach PD
Mount Rogers    
Washington Fireman Trever Kissel Mercer Island Fire Dept.
Mount Rainier Matt Treat  
Officer Rob Holbrook Diplomatic Security Service WA
Officer Paul Melewski Issaquah WA PD
Officer Justin Kissel Wenatchee P.D.
West Virginia Sheriff Hinkle Pendleton Co SO
Spruce Knob    
Wisconsin  Sheriff Krenzke  Price Co SO
Timms Hill    
Wyoming Lane McPheeters Weber County UT SO SAR
Gannett Jamis McPheeters  
Logan McPheeters  
Canada Highpoints  
New Brunswick Constable Chantal MacIntosh Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Mount Carleton Denny MacIntosh  
Vancouver Is. BC Duncan Cambell Saanich BC Police Department
Mt Arrowsmith    


Our Sponsors:

Executing memorial expeditions around the world is not a simple task, and the costs associated with doing so are covered in large part by the companies that sponsor Cops on Top. From equipment to travel and lodging costs, we salute our primary sponsors:

Cops on Top is grateful and proud to be sponsored by The North Face, makers of an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment and footwear; and The Force, makers of fine law enforcement and public safety uniforms. Both companies are subsidiaries of VF Corporation.

What Cops on Top is All About:

Cops on Top has a strong commitment to provide tangible aid for the grieving and healing process of those who have lost a beloved officer, to support organizations dedicated to this cause, and to project a positive image of law enforcement officers.  We honor, and raise awareness, for police officers who have been killed while protecting and serving their communities.

Cops on Top plans annual climbing expeditions to the world's most respected mountains.  The purpose is to bring to the public's attention the dangers, stress and life-altering effects on the average police officer.  A fallen officer's memory serves as our banner and a memorial is placed on each summit attempted.

The Cops on Top team is comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Volunteers are welcome to contact Cops on Top. The fallen officers on whose behalf the climbs are undertaken are nominated by family, friends, and law enforcement organizations.

The Origin of Cops on Top:

Cops on Top was founded by Sergeant Keith McPheeters of the Farmington New Mexico Police Department.  In 1998, Sergeant McPheeters was a member of that agency's Special Response Team searching for the killers of Cortez Colorado Police Officer Dale Claxton.  The manhunt was the largest of its kind in American history and conducted in the remote Southwestern United States Four-Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.  During those months, McPheeters reflected on the nature of his occupation, the public's perception of a police officer's work, and the effect such a loss has on an officer's survivors.  From these thoughts, the concept of Cops on Top took form.

The inaugural expedition in 1999 was in memory of Officer Claxton, and McPheeters chose Denali (Mount McKinley), Alaska for the team's first climb. 

Cops on Top returned to Denali in 2001 to successfully reach the summit in memory of Washington State Trooper James Saunders.

On September 11th 2002, 2003, and 2004 expedition members made multiple simultaneous climbs to high point around the country to memorialize the Fire and Police personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In January 2004, team members summited the highest peak in the western hemisphere, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, in memory of Marine Staff Sergeant James W. Cawley - a Salt Lake City Police Department Detective and SWAT team member, killed during a firefight while serving in Iraq - as well as other officers who gave their lives protecting others.

In January 2005, team members summited the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in memory of Officer Isaac Espinoza of the San Francisco Police Department.

In June 2005, team members once again summited the highest peak in North America, Denali, in memory of Officers Eric White and Jason Wolfe of the Phoenix Police Department.

About this Site:

This web site contains extensive information about each of the expeditions; team members, climbing itineraries, equipment lists, menus, and trip logs.  Cops on Top is honored that much of the information is used as a reference for other expedition teams, and that we are listed as a link on some of the most respected mountaineering web sites on the internet.

Your Support is Appreciated:

Cops on Top maintains the highest integrity with respect to all fiscal matters of the team.  All sponsorships, donations, receipts, and disbursements are recorded and reported. All donations under the Cops on Top name should be made directly to the organization. If you have questions about making donations or if you question the purpose of any person who has solicited your donation and wish to confirm its validity, please contact us.


Cops on Top graciously accepts sponsorships and donations for equipment and provisions for the climbing team, as well as for the aid of officers fallen in the line of duty.  If you'd like to support this noble cause, contact the team directly and indicate if you wish to aid the team or the team's cause.  Also, Cops on Top highly recommends supporting  Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS).

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