Monday, May 11, 2020

Deputies honored: Police Week May 10-16, 2020

Mesa County Board of Commissioners
proclaim this week Police Week
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Today the Mesa County Board of Commissioners officially dedicated this week, May 10-16, 2020, to law enforcement officers in Mesa County.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Operations Captain Todd Sorenson joined area law enforcement agencies and the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing not only fallen law enforcement officers, but also those who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the community in which they serve.

MCSO Honor Guard
“We are citizens first. We are your neighbors, coaches, pastors, and volunteers who choose to serve our community by putting on a uniform,” said MCSO Operations Captain Todd Sorenson. “I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and our federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships. Together we have been able to address crime, provide mental health services and make our schools safer like never before.”

American Flag flies at half-staff
to honor fallen officers
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard began Police Week with a ceremony raising the American flag to half-staff to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The flag will remain at half-staff for the duration of Police Week.

A wreath is displayed in the
 Records Lobby to honor
Deputy Derek Geer
Since 1791, more than 21,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including three from local law enforcement agencies. Deputy Edward Innes was killed on September 27, 1906, during an inmate jail escape. Fruita Police Department lost Acting Chief Dan Dalley in June 2001. Most recently, Deputy Derek Geer, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, died after being shot by an armed suspect in February of 2016.

A wreath, first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Deputy Geer’s grave in a private ceremony this week to honor and remember his sacrifice. Learn more about Deputy Derek Geer here.

While traditional Police Week events like the Memorial Vigil and Glow N Games will not take place this year, due to COVID-19, it’s still important to mark the occasion. Please join us in thanking the men and women in our community who wear the badge for not only what they do, but more importantly, the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our safety.