Those who knew Sgt. David Kinterknecht are speaking out about the heroic man he was. Monday, officials released plans for the heroic funeral service they say he deserves.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. in the Lloyd McMillian gym at Montrose High School. Specifics of what will take place during the ceremony are still being worked out, but organizers say you can bet it will show just how much Kinterknecht meant to the Montrose Community.
Dan Eddy says he still trying to come to terms with the loss of his friend David.
"He was a hero in life, ten fold in death," said Eddy.
The two had known each other for years, and together, they launched a Montrose Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police just three months ago.
"He was just a super awesome guy," said Eddy. "When he walked in, his attitude was always professional, but he was very approachable, very friendly."
It's something Eddy says people everywhere felt when they met him.
"The gaping hole that he leaves in this community is going to be great and felt for a very long time," said Eddy.
Monday, that hole took several forms -- flags at half staff at nearly every building in town and officers from every law enforcement agency wearing a black sash over their badges.
But perhaps it was felt no more than on his daughters' MySpace pages. His 16-year-old wrote "I will miss you dad. II love you." His 15-year-old wrote "I will miss u daddy. I will always love u," with her mood set at "tearful."
Eddy visited with Kinterknecht's family Monday and says they are doing about as well as anyone in their situation could.
"His wife is a very strong woman," said Eddy. "But she needs our support and that's what we're here for."
The Montrose Police Department has set up a memorial fund in Kinterknecht's name at Montrose Bank. Officials say donations can be made in person at any branch or they can be sent to:
200 N. Townsend Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
The Fraternal Order of Police is also accepting donations through it's Public Safety Awareness Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to:
Colorado State Lodge FOP
Public Safety Awareness Foundation
RE: Montrose Sgt. David Kinterknecht
2701 West 84th Ave Suite 211
Westminster, CO 80031
All donations will be given to the family to help pay for the funeral service and other expenses.
According to our friends at the Montrose Daily Press, Governor Bill Ritter has made plans to attend Kinterknecht's service.
Montrose school officials say the gym has room for about 1,500 people. They say the service will also be shown on large screens in an auxiliary gym at the school that can hold about 800 people.
Montrose Police also released pictures of two officers wounded during the shooting, Officer Larry Witte and Officer Rod Ragsdale. Both are expected to make a full recovery.