On Friday sergeant David Kinterknecht will be laid to rest in Montrose. As the funeral arrangements are made the community is showing their wide spread support for not only the Kinterknecht family, but also officers Witte and Ragsdale, the entire police force and even the family of shooter Dennis Gurney.
Businesses around town are using signs outside their store to show their support. “We are a very close community and we wanted to let everyone know that we're here, we care, and we're thinking about them, says Kerri Noonan-Inda the manager at The Cellular Store in Montrose.
The signs also serve as a daily reminder of the sacrifices law enforcement officials make for the communities they serve, “I think it's important for people to not forget what happened...if there's a reminder it makes you stop and think and appreciate what they do for our community,” says Noonan-Inda.
Since the loss of sergeant David Kinterknecht, the Montrose Police Department has been flooded with support, “Our citizens god bless them have brought flowers and all kinds of goodies. It gives us a good feeling; myself and Chief Chinn walked downtown for lunch and it took a long time to get there because people kept stopping us with tears in their eyes and told us how much they appreciate us,” says Gene Lillard, Patrol Commander for the Montrose Police Department.
The community is not only showing their support for law enforcement but also for the family of the man who shot at police officers, Dennis Gurney, “The president of Rotary mentioned that for our time of silence to not only recognize officers but the Gurney family, to keep them in our thoughts too,” says Adam Miller of Eldorado Financial.