Steve Biro, La Paz County Emergency Management Director for the past 18 years, has died.
The County released the following obituary.
It is with great sadness that we announce the La Paz County Emergency Management Director, Steve Biro passed away from lung disease on August 9th, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Anita Biro, his daughters, Tiara Biro and Messina Tunnell Gilbert, his sons, Brandon Biro, Larry Tunnell, Jeff Viles and nine grandchildren.
Steve Biro graduated from Parker High School and devoted 33 years of his professional life to law enforcement. He began his career working as a Deputy in the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. He was primarily stationed in the Parker area and worked the Colorado River/Parker Strip, during the late 70’s and early 80’s. In 1983, when La Paz County split from Yuma County, it was shortly thereafter that Steve made the transition to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.
During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he was a Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Search and Rescue Coordinator and Undersheriff to Hal Collette. Steve was extremely active in search and rescue. He was a resident Deputy in the Ehrenberg area for several years and he also lived in the Salome Substation when it served as a “working inmate” detention facility. During that time, Steve lived in the substation and was responsible for providing the inmates with care and three meals per day. In 2009, he moved on to become the La Paz County Emergency Management Director and continued that for 18 years.
“La Paz County has lost a member of our family on Sunday. Steve dedicated many years as a public servant, and friend to so many of us. His wealth of knowledge throughout his career will be irreplaceable and he will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” said La Paz County Board of Supervisors Chair, Holly Irwin.
Steve had a gift for finding talent and touched several lives’ in the communities. He believed in doing the right thing, even when no one was looking. He was always telling amazing stories from his past and did not hide his love for rock and roll. His many friends and family knew that if you were ever in a hurry, do not start talking to Steve. His sense of humor was unique, and he had a genuine concern for those around him.
Steve Biro will be greatly missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a very dedicated person and deeply loved his family, friends and the communities he grew up in.