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DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

Special Agent Arthur L. Cash graduated from West Virginia University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating from college, Special Agent Cash served as a Border Patrol Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Agent Cash joined DEA in 1974 and was transferred to the San Luis District Office in Arizona, and then to the Miami Field Division. In March 1987, he was assigned to open the Sierra Vista Post of Duty in Arizona. On August 25, 1987, while assigned to the Sierra Vista office, Special Agent Cash was assisting Special Agent Larry Sproat in transporting three prisoners who had been arrested for importing marijuana. Special Agent Cash took custody of the three prisoners to transport them to Tucson, Arizona for their initial appearance with a U.S. Magistrate. While en route to that meeting, Special Agent Cash’s vehicle struck a farmer’s truck which had turned directly in front of him. Special Agent Cash was severely injured as a result of the impact, but he remained conscious. A medical evacuation airplane transported him to Tucson Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries later that day. During his career, Special Agent Cash had been recognized for his hard work and dedication. In 1987 he received both the prestigious Administrator’s Award and a special award for his work on a major methamphetamine conspiracy. In December 1996, in honor of Special Agent Cash’s dedication to duty and his ultimate sacrifice to his country, the DEA Yuma Resident Office Building was dedicated in his name. Special Agent

The Survivors Benefit Fund is not part of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) but, instead, is a private 501(c)(3) organization that supports the families of DEA agents, employees, and task force officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Neither the DOJ nor DEA approves, endorses, or authorizes the Survivors Benefit Fund, its materials, or its fundraising efforts.