Weld Sheriff’s Office announces Fallen Officer Memorial ceremony

Published on May 10, 2022

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The Weld County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday it is hosting next week a ceremony at the Weld County Fallen Officer Memorial in Greeley.

The ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, May 19. The Fallen Officer Memorial is located at Bittersweet Park just north of the intersection of 35th Avenue and 16th Street.

The sheriff’s office annually hosts a ceremony to honor peace officers throughout the country who died in the line of duty. The ceremony traditionally takes place every year on the Thursday of National Police Week, which is scheduled to begin Sunday and run through next Saturday, May 21.

In 2021, there were 617 peace officers who died in the line of duty, which is up from 362 in 2020 and 150 in 2019. The stark increase during the last two years is attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 617 peace officers who died last year, 439 succumbed to complications from the Coronavirus.

The state of Colorado lost nine of its peace officers in 2021, including one serving with a Weld County agency. They include:

  • Windsor Police Officer Ty Powell, who died Oct. 13 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, who was killed on March 22 responding to the mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers.
  • Denver Sheriff’s Deputy James Herrera, who died May 16 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Trujillo, who died May 26 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Arvada Police Officer Gordan Beesley, who was killed June 21 in Olde Town Arvada while responding to an active shooter.
  • Aurora Police Sgt. Eric J. Scherr, who died Aug. 30 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Livingston, who died Dec. 3 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Det. Joseph Pollack, who died Dec. 9 of complications from COVID-19.
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Weyler, who died Dec. 10 of complications from COVID-19.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. He will be joined by several law enforcement executives who will help read the names of 2021’s fallen officers.

The event, which is open to the public, also will feature a flag raising ceremony, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”