Celena Hollis was born to Dorothy and Vincent Hollis in Detroit, MI on October 8, 1979. She was an honor roll student through most of high school and then attended Ferris State University.
In 1999, she became the mother of a beautiful daughter named Amyre (A-mere). In May 2001, she joined the Detroit Police Department as an officer.
During her time with the Detroit PD she was recognized for her outstanding work, but pursued a position with the Denver Police Department with the goal of providing a better life in a safer environment for Amyre.
Celena joined the Denver PD in 2005 and quickly became an effective and well loved officer. She was not content to serve only in her role as an officer, but also gave to her community through the Denver Kids organization and eventually as President of the Black Police Officer's Organization.
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.
On June 24, 2012, Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis, badge # 05162 was working a foot patrol at the Jazz In The Park concert in Denver City Park with several other officers. At approximately 8:08 p.m. officers responded to a disturbance in the park where she was shot and killed. The suspect was contacted by responding officers and arrested.
Watch a video about Officer Hollis.