Fallen Officer Memorial

Officer Celena Hollis
Sunday, June 24, 2012 (1467 reads)

Celena's life was tragically cut short on June 24, 2012, when she was shot and killed while breaking up a fight in City Park. Watch a video about Officer Hollis.

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Detective Donald "Donnie" Young II
Sunday, May 08, 2005 (1940 reads)

On May 8, 2005, Detective Donald Young was shot from behind and killed in the line of duty.

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Officer Dennis M. Licata
Wednesday, September 06, 2000 (1367 reads)

Motorcycle Officer Licata died as a result of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car at about 2:15pm on September 6, 2000.
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Officer Bruce L. VanderJagt
Wednesday, November 12, 1997 (2220 reads)

On November 12, 1997, Officer VanderJagt was gunned down in a hail of bullets by Matthaeus Jaehnig, who was shooting at officers with a fully automatic weapon, when police responded to a burglary at Buffalo Creek, in the foothills southwest of Denver.
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Officer Ronald L. Deherrera
Wednesday, March 26, 1997 (2118 reads)

On March 26, 1997, Training Officer Victor Baca and Officer DeHerrera were responding in their patrol vehicle to a call of suspicious activity in a parking lot. DeHerrera had just graduated from the Denver Police Academy and was on his second day of patrol.
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Officer Shawn Leinen
Saturday, February 25, 1995 (1850 reads)

Officer Leinen was killed by two bullets fired into his head by a .25 automatic Raven. The suspect, Raymond Gone, was apprehended about 13 minutes after the shooting and was later taken into custody. Gone was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Officer Leinen.
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Police Awards & Memorials

The City and County of Denver recognizes police officers and police department employees that go above and beyond the regular call of duty to serve citizens. We also recognize the officers who have fallen in the line of duty while serving and protecting our community.

Police Awards

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the Chief of Police to members who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty. There must be no margin of doubt or possibility of error in awarding this honor.

To justify the decoration, the actions must clearly render the officer conspicuous by an act so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes gallantry beyond the call of duty from lesser forms of bravery. It must be the type of deed that, if not done, would not subject the officer to any justified criticism.

A posthumous award may be made to a member who has lost his life under conditions where he endangered himself in circumstances consistent with good police practices.

View a complete list of DPM Medal of Honor recipients

The Medal of Valor is awarded by the Chief of Police to members who distinguish themselves by extraordinary heroism, the act or the execution of duty must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to render the individual highly conspicuous in the police service.

View a complete listing of all DPD Medal of Valor recipients.

The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded by the Chief of Police to members who are cited for gallantry not warranting a Medal of Honor or a Medal of Valor. The heroic act(s) performed must render the individual conspicuous and well above the standard expected.

Distinguished Service Cross Recipients (2010 – Present)
  • Behnke, Jeffrey 
  • Bruce, Thomas 
  • Cosgrove, James
  • Costigan, James
  • Garcia, Ben 
  • Ingersoll, Lee
  • Lung, Mark
  • Pinder, Christopher 
  • Schwindt, Timothy
  • Stewart, Scott
  • Von Feldt, Paul

View a complete listing of all DPD Distinguished Service Cross recipients.

The Purple Heart is awarded by the Chief of Police to members who are killed, seriously wounded, or seriously injured in the performance of an official action.

Purple Heart Recipients (2010 - Present)
  • Ash, Edward
  • Joko, Darin
  • Mulhern,Patrick

View a complete list of all DPD Purple Heart recipients.

Recent Award Recipients

Thirteen Denver police officers who received the Citizens Appreciate Police Award were honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the Rotunda of the City and County Building. For a complete list of all Citizens Appreciate Police Award recipients, view the award recipient roster.

Officer Tony Bruce (98020) who took it upon himself to assist a family who was on a fixed income. Officer Bruce noticed that one of the children had been sleeping on a soiled mattress in his room. Officer Bruce with his personal funds purchased a brand new mattress, bed set, and sheets and delivered the items to the family. The family was extremely happy and grateful for the gifts from Officer Bruce.

Officer Jan Elliott (94033) and Officer John Ashcraft (06109) who assisted a female who just arrived from New Mexico with her boyfriend. The female’s boyfriend would not allow her to have any money, credit cards, or cell phone. The female was frightened of her boyfriend and wanted to leave him and go home, but did not have any means of getting there and was stranded. The Officers took the female to the Greyhound Bus Station, used their own money to purchase her a bus ticket home, as well as money to buy food on the trip. The concern and compassion displayed by these officers was exemplary, and their actions in helping this young woman at their own personal expense was a magnanimous gesture of gratitude.  

Sergeant Troy Ortega (95040), Corporal Mark Miller (87031), Officer Anthony Tak (00018), and Officer Joel Charette (05141) for their assistance with a distraught family of six children, a disabled father, and the sudden, tragic loss of their mother who passed away from internal hemorrhaging in her sleep. This occurred during the Christmas holiday season. The father of the children confided to the Officers he had no resources to purchase Christmas gifts for his children or replace the mattress his wife was sleeping on during her untimely death. The Officers pooled together their funds and asked for donations from fellow Officers. With the money collected, they were able to purchase a new mattress, toys, clothing, a Christmas tree, decorations, and a Christmas dinner for the family. The Officers along with Fox 31 news delivered the gifts to the family. The family was extremely happy and grateful for the generosity exhibited by these Officers.

Officers Alexander St. Peter (05067) and Richard Harvey (06069) for their assistance with a Grandmother visiting from out of state who agreed to take temporary custody of her infant grandson. The infant’s mother was involved in a domestic violence situation and was unable to take care of him. Officers St. Peter and Harvey, both fathers of young children themselves, realized that the Grandmother had none of the essential items necessary for the care of an infant so they helped the Grandmother obtain formula, bottles, diapers, and various other sundries. The officers transported the Grandmother and infant to their hotel and showed her how to measure and mix formula, feed and change her grandson’s diaper. The Grandmother overwhelmed by the officers’ display of compassion, praised them for their extraordinary kindness and willingness to take the additional time to help her and her grandson during this most difficult time.

Officer Daniel Lucero (75021) For his assistance with a stranded female, who had a flat tire on the way to the airport and was running late to catch her flight. Officer Lucero kindly arranged for the stranded female’s tire to be changed and her vehicle parked. He also helped her obtain her boarding pass and escorted her to the gate where she boarded her plane with a minute to spare. She was very impressed with Officer Lucero’s willingness to help and said he is a true credit to the Denver Police Department’s Force.

Officers Christopher Bales (06130), Steven Rieck (06132), and Gordon Seib (05018) for their assistance with a family (two adults an infant in a stroller) who were found standing on the side of I-70 and Federal Boulevard. The family relayed to the officers they had lost their housing, jobs, and “were just down on their luck.” They were attempting to stay at the Motel 6, which was $39.00 a night, but unfortunately, they only had $30.00. The officers checked with several shelters but found none that could accommodate a family at short notice. The officers contacted the Motel 6, arranged with the manager to reduce the room price for the family, and pooled together their own money so the family could stay for the weekend. They also transported the family to the Grocery store so they could purchase baby food, milk and other sundries. Another call was placed to a local restaurant and the owners donated enough food to feed a family of eight without hesitation. The family was very gracious for the generosity displayed by the officers and overwhelmed by their display of compassion.