GARDNER and GOLDEN- After a 72 year wait, slain Chief Deputy Fidel Aguirre of the Huerfano County Sheriff′s Office will finally be honored for his sacrifice.
Governor Ritter proclaimed May 7th as Colorado Law Enforcement Day in honor of the 13 Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that are being added to the Memorial tomorrow. "With respect and admiration, we remember those Colorado law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty."
The 13 Colorado law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were honored at the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial (CLEM) ceremony on Friday/May 7th, 2010 at the Colorado State Patrol Academy, in Golden, Colorado.
This year, the names of of 13 law enforcement officers were added: Montrose Police Department Officer David J. Kinterknecht, July 25, 2009; and 12 historical officers: Deputy Bill Thompson, Las Animas County Sheriff′s Office, February 16, 1888, Officer E. T. Clark, Cripple Creek Police Department, August 9, 1901, Deputy Francisco Garcia, Las Animas County Sheriff′s Office, October 19, 1905, Deputy Antonio T. Shelby, Las Animas County Sheriff′s Office, April 6, 1908, Night Marshal Harvey Calvin Neese, Cripple Creek Police Department, July 3, 1920, Patrolman Jacob G. Benner, Denver Police Department. February 14, 1938, Chief Deputy Fidel Aguirre, Huerfano County Sheriff′s Office, May 15, 1938, Chief Morris Dolan, Cripple Creek Police and Fire Departments, August 23, 1940, Special Agent Dean L. McLaughlin, Union Pacific Railroad Police, April 6, 1977, Special Agent Larry E. Boles, Union Pacific Railroad Police, July 9, 1977, Senior Biologist James Olterman, Wildlife Manager – Colorado Division of Wildlife, September 4, 2002 and Special Agent Greg R. Boss, US Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, November 8, 2005, were added to the memorial.
In addition to the numerous law enforcement agencies attending from across the state, the family of Officer Kinterknecht atended and at least seven of the families of the historical additions to the memorial.
Judge Robert E. Blackburn, United States District Court/District of Colorado, gave the Memorial Address. The ceremonies included an honor guard, placement of a wreath, bagpipe salute, taps, doves and a 21-gun salute.
The Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial (CLEM) was created on May 1, 1979. As of May 2004, 204 names have been engraved on the memorial. The Colorado state legislature in 1998 declared the CLEM on the grounds of the training academy at Camp George West as the official memorial recognizing all law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Colorado.
On May 14, 1938, Huerfano County Sheriff’s Deputy Fidel Aguirre was brutally murdered in the line of duty in Gardner. (see complete story online in July 16, 2009 issue of the Huerfano Journal)