Less than a month ago, Scottsdale Police Department volunteer coordinator Irv Tucker ex p re s s e d his sadness for the loss of Lee Siffring, one of the key volunteers for the department who died of complications from pneumonia.
Now, the department is expressing sadness for the loss of Tucker, who died of similar complications Monday at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea hospital, according to Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.
Tucker was 81.
Tucker was a familiar face around the District II police station, having served as a volunteer with the department for five years and as its volunteer coordinator the last three years. He had more than 10,000 hours of service with the department and was active with the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Scottsdale.
Tucker was having problems breathing last week and was admitted to the hospital Saturday, Clark said. He died about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
“He did a lot for us,” Clark said. “We’re losing a lot of our core volunteers. We were glad to have had him.”
Tucker assisted with the Citizen’s Police Academy, placed volunteers in various units within the department and reviewed volunteer applicants.
He was a retired buyer from the garment industry in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Air Force. During the war, he went on several combat missions throughout Europe and North Africa as a propeller mechanic and tail-gunner in B-25 bombers.
Tucker was inspired to become a volunteer after attending the Scottsdale Citizen’s Police Academy, said Bob Stump, a seven-year volunteer who worked closely with Tucker. “He was a positive person of good character,” Stump said. “He was about 5-foot-2, but commanded himself as if he were 6-foot-4. We called him ‘The Little Colonel’ because he knew what needed to be done, and he knew how to do it.”
Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, in Scottsdale. They have not been finalized.