Law enforcement memorial ceremony
The names of officers who died in the line of duty were added to the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial on the morning of May 3.
The ceremony was attended by nearly 300 family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of the five officers who all died in the line of duty in 2012.
Those honored were:
• Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner;
• Denver Police Officer Celina Hollis;
• Colorado Springs Police Officer Matthew Tyner;
• Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Captain Leide William DeFusco;
• Lakewood Police Agent James Jeffery Davies.
Family members of the fallen officers were given seats at the front of the ceremony.
Several could be seen placing flowers at the base of the memorial after the ceremony.
An additional 10 names were added to the memorial, based on historic research. The historic inclusions had death dates ranging from 1873 to 1966. In total, 250 names are now written on the memorial.
James H. Davis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, conducted the ceremony, held at the memorial, which is located in front of the Colorado State Patrol headquarters in Golden.
Davis said that it was hard for him to speak about the sacrifices made by those who died in the line of duty.
“But this memorial is our duty, to serve and protect their memory,” Davis said.
Davis added that the sacrifices of the surviving family members should also be remembered.
Captains in the Denver, Colorado Springs, Lakewood and Englewood Police Departments, as well as Pueblo’s Sheriff, all placed wreaths at the base of the memorial in honor of the officers who died under their command.
The ceremony included the singing of the national anthem, Lakewood Police Department Honor Guard provided a 21-gun salute, and a flock of white doves was released at the ceremony’s conclusion.