Retired cop knows what it's like to lose a brother

By: Stephanie Collins Email
By: Stephanie Collins Email

For over 30 years Chris Rodgers served as an officer in central California and through his time there says he saw a little bit of everything, “I worked bank robberies, armed robberies, rapes, murders; I investigated more than 100 murders.”

Rodgers even experienced what it's like to lose an officer he knows, “I've been to at least 3 police funerals where officers died in the line of duty.”

And one of those funerals was for an officer especially close to him, “The last one I went to was hard enough. I knew both officers but one I knew really well because I worked with his dad who was a highway patrolman,” says Rodgers.

Because of how difficult that funeral was Rodgers chose not to attend the service for Montrose Sergeant David Kinterknecht Friday morning, “It was just a really hard thing to go to and I couldn't have done it today but I put my flag out in memory.”

Having been an officer, Rodgers is part of a special family and anytime one of his brothers is killed in the line of duty it's tough, “I feel very sorry for the family and wish them the best. I wish we could bring back that officer, but that's not going to happen.”

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