In tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Sheriff Robert Jackson

SLV Peace Officers Memorial ceremony

ALAMOSA – In the United States, approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day for the safety and protection of others. Each year, there are roughly 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in 16,000 injuries.

Over the last decade, an average of 150 officers annually have lost their lives in the line of duty with an average of one law enforcement officer being killed every 58 hours somewhere in the United States.

Those figures, shared by Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson with the crowd gathered Wednesday night in front of the Alamosa Police Station, set the context for this year’s San Luis Valley Peace Officers Memorial ceremony. 

“Tonight, we are here to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation to all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime,” Chief Anderson said.   

The significance of the ceremony was enhanced even more when Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson read off the names of those in the San Luis Valley who have fallen in the line of duty.  

Alamosa Police Department’s Corporal Ryan Veneman and Detective Brandon Bertsch contributed to the ceremony with a prayer and poem, respectively, as well as Alamosa County Sheriff Office Deputy Investigator Jessica Randon, who played Taps on the trumpet.

Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman, whose mother served as a police officer in Houston, Texas, also addressed the crowd, acknowledging the tremendous debt owed to law enforcement officials by the communities they serve. He then recited, from memory, a poem titled “Don’t Quit.”

The Honor Guard paid tribute with a 21-gun salute.  

A community dinner was held at the fire station following the ceremony.

The ceremony was held as part of Police Week with May 15th designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, first signed into proclamation by President John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962.   

Law enforcement officers, family members, local officials and members of the public were among those who gathered to honor those who sacrificed their lives in service of so many.

Historically, according to Anderson, in the region 15 law enforcement officials have lost their lives. Following are the names of some of the fallen officers:

ALAMOSA POLICE DEPARTMENT

City Marshal Charles Emerson

City Marshal Joseph R. Simons

CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Officer Oliver P. Cain

COLORADO STATE PATROL

Trooper Joseph A. Ynostroza

CONEJOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Deputy Sheriff Raymundo Martinez

Deputy Sheriff Eduardo Dominguez

COSTILLA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Sheriff Jose Adolfo Rodriguez

Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

MONTE VISTA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Night Marshall Clyde McDonald

Assistant Chief Guy Everett O’Neal

RIO GRANDE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Under Sheriff Zack Allen

Deputy Rafael Peña

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