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Group makes donation to late officer's family


January 18, 2011

Arizona State University Police Officer James “Dutch” Lister passed away from an apparent heart attack while on-duty at the Tempe campus on Dec. 16.

Members of the “Choir Boys,” a group of law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles, decided to make a difference in the lives of his surviving family members by taking donations and presenting ASU Police Department Chief John Pickens with a check for $2,500 that will be given to Lister’s family.

Choir Boys members rode their Harley Davidson motorcycles to the ASU Police Department station on Friday, Jan. 15, to personally give the check to Chief Pickens.

“As a police department, we’re saddened by the loss of Officer Lister, but we’re grateful to the Choir Boys for their support of his family during this difficult time,” Pickens said. “Officer Lister was a dedicated public servant who worked for more than 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department before he came to the ASU Police Department.”

The officers in the Choir Boys work on providing immediate monetary benefits to surviving families to help with expenses such as funeral costs and bringing family members to town for a funeral.

“A few of our members worked with Officer Lister during his time with the Phoenix Police Department,” said Mesa Police Department Lieutenant Patrick Foster.

The Choir Boys are a group of law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles with members in California, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.