Fallen Denver Police Officers In Need of Headstones

They made the ultimate sacrifice but were buried in unmarked graves. The Denver Police Museum hopes to honor four fallen officers with headstones.

By Noel Brennan Published: 9:42 PM MDT May 14, 2019

(9news.com) Denver Police officers decades ago risked the same as officers today. Some did not come home.

“Here in Denver, 72, and then in Colorado it’s up to 312,” said Michael Hesse, president of the Denver Police Museum. “Denver has the most officers killed in the line of duty in the state and the most between St. Louis and Los Angeles.”

Of those officers buried in Denver, four caught the eye of Hesse and the museum.

“Unfortunately, we have found that four officers do not have headstones,” Hesse said.

Hesse made the discovery last year when the museum paid a visit to the graves of each of Denver’s fallen police officers. As they laid wreaths at headstones, they realized four officers were buried in unmarked graves.

“These are heroes,” Hesse said. “They are people who put their lives on the line to make our community what it is and to me it’s just a symbol of respect.”