A Night Of Remembrance

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

It was a night of remembrance, a night of solitude, a night to remember the lives of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A vigil for police officers around the country who have given their lives to protect and serve.
The Old Mesa County Court House was the sight for a collection of Grand Valley police officers.
Including Grand Junction Sergeant Lonnie Chavez, who remembers each day to never let his guard down.
Every year. there always seems to be a grim reminder, 134 officers lost their lives in the line of duty last year, and 46 so far this year.
Compared to some other parts of the country, Grand Junction officers have been self–admittedly lucky, the last officer to be killed in the line of duty happened in 1906, when Mesa County Deputy Edward Innes was killed by an escaped inmate.
The vigil also remembered Daniel Dalley, an acting Fruita Police Chief who died in a motorcycle accident in 2001.


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