PUEBLO – The Pueblo Police Department honored fallen officers Thursday, ahead of National Police Week.
In PPD’s more than 100-year history 13 officers have died in the line of duty, but none since 2008. That doesn’t make the ceremony less significant to the department.
“We serve our community, we serve it proudly,” said Chief Troy Davenport. “There are officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and we will continue to deliver service in that manner.”
Thursday’s ceremony also honored the teen hailed as a hero in this week’s shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. The police chief observed a moment of silence for Kendrick Castillo, 18, who charged the shooter to save his classmates and friends.
The department plans to build another memorial that will be open to the public.