Chief David Michaud

Chief David Michaud Served 1967-1998 Former Denver Police Chief David Michaud died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the age of 80. After more than 30 years with the Denver Police Department (DPD), Michaud retired in 1998 at the age of 69. He rose from patrol cop to Denver’s police chief to parole-board chairman, after which …

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James Vacca

James Vacca Served 1965-1991 Badge #6601  James Edward Vacca, age 82, of Lakewood, Colorado passed away at his home on Sunday July 7, 2019. James was born November 27, 1936 in Kankakee, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, James Richard Vacca (1912-1962); mother, Ethel Lena Sophia Henrietta (Witte) Vacca (1915-2000); and his …

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Raymond J. Libonati

Served: 1964-1995 Badge #: 64012 Please visit to leave a message for Debi and Ray’s family. DPLEM, humbly and gratefully, would like to thank the Libonati family for suggesting the Denver Police Museum be one of the choices for memorial contributions. Donate Reflections On A Career Oral History with Raymond J. Libonati

Harry Burroughs

Served: 1961-1993 Badge #: 61037 Harry Burroughs passed away February 10, 2015. His funeral was held on February 18, 2015 at Horan & McConaty Mortuary – 3100 Block South Wadsworth Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Denver Police Museum. Donate securely online or via check to P.O. Box 9140 Denver, CO …

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Merle Nading

They called him Bambi By Bill Finch They called him Bambi, a nickname most police officers would not want to have. But to Merle Nading’s fellow officers it wasn’t a pejorative. It was their term of endearment for a cherished friend and colleague whose “gentle disposition and shy, perpetual smile,” belied his tall, muscular physique. …

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Forrest E. Sawyer

Forrest E. Sawyer Patrolman Forrest E. Sawyer was shot and killed on March 8, 1937  by a suspect who summoned police to his home at 1424 E 21st Ave. with the intention of killing them. (Rocky Mountain News, March 9th, 1937) Fallen Officer Sign Ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Memorial Sign located at: 1424 East …

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Alson E. McCasland

Alson E. McCasland Patrolman Alson Edwin McCasland died on Thursday, May 28, 1935, at Denver General Hospital, from injuries sustained 41 days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck by a car at East 19thAvenue and Clarkson Street. He was the first Denver Police motorcycle officer to die in the line of duty. McCasland’s motorcycle …

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William C. Keating

William C. Keating Ninety years ago, the building across the street was home to the McCarthy-Sherman Motor Company. From its showroom windows, a person inside could have looked across the street and seen a police call box. On August 31, 1931, the two thieves who had just broken into the building to bust open the safe …

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Clarence W. Alston

Clarence W. Alston Patrolman Clarence W. Alston was shot and killed at Broadway and Colfax as he investigated two men pulling another man out of a car. (Rocky Mountain News, March 25th, 1929) Fallen Officer Sign Ceremony held on May 15, 2019. Memorial Sign located at:  Broadway and Colfax

John Spellman

John Spellman By the time John Spellman came to Denver he was already a seasoned lawman after working as a deputy sheriff for San Miguel County in the Wild West, gold-crazy town of Telluride, high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. He began his law enforcement career there after coming out west from …

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