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In Honor of Our Fallen

Colorado Springs Police Department - Fallen Heros

CSPD Fallen Officers 

The Colorado Springs Police Department has lost thirteen officers in the line of duty since it was established.  Therefore in eternal memoriam, we honor them with this page and hope that it will serve as a beacon of hope that reminds us that these officers stood between us and evil. The dedication and ultimate sacrifice that these officers have made for the safety of our community will not be forgotten.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"
Edmund Burke
Benjamin F. Bish- Patrolman- Colorado Springs PD- June 28, 1896

While checking the alley just west of Tejon Street, Officer Bish came across two men who were attempting to break into the rear of a store. Officer Bish was escorting the two men out of the alley when one of the men drew a gun and shot, mortally wounding Frank Bish. Officer Bish was able to return fire at the fleeing suspects. The suspects ran from the scene and were later apprehended. It was later learned the weapon used by the suspects was taken during the assault on another officer, he previous week. The two suspects lived in the boarding house next door to the Bish house.
John W. Rowan- Chief of Detectives- Colorado Springs PD- September 18, 1918
John Rowan had served the citizens of Colorado Springs for many years when he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Detectives. Detective Rowan received information that a notorious group of bank robbers, known as the Lewis-Jones Gang, were in town and had been seen at a filling station. Detective Rowan and a small group of officers went to the filling station. As Detective Rowan approached the car, one of the robbers pulled out a weapon and shot Detective Rowan, killing him instantly. After escaping the scene, all of the gunmen were either apprehended or killed in gun battles with other police agencies.
George Kaltenberger- Detective Sergeant- Colorado Springs PD- June 12, 1941
On May 31 of that year, Detective Sergeant Kaltenberger was accidentally shot in the abdomen. While at work in the City's police station, now the old City Hall building, Kaltenberger's own .45 caliber automatic dislodged from his holster, fell to the floor, and discharged. He died one day after his 24th anniversary of his appointment to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Richard S. Burchfield- Patrolman- Colorado Springs PD- November 26, 1953
Rich Burchfield had been involved in investigating a series of armed robberies occurring in the City. On Thanksgiving night, Officer Burchfield had been checking an area of town for the robbery suspect. Officer Burchfield radioed dispatch that he would be en route to Headquarters to meet with detectives. Shortly thereafter, Officer Burchfield was found lying dead in his patrol car, shot seven times. Much of what happened to Officer Burchfield remains a mystery. Because of evidence at the scene, it is believed that officer Burchfield had taken the robbery suspect into custody and was shot by the suspect while transporting the suspect to Headquarters. No arrests were ever made in this case.
Bernard l. Carter- Police Helicopter Pilot- Colorado Springs PD- May 14, 1975
Berney Carter and a civilian observer had been assisting patrol officer in attempting to control a riot involving 250 junior and senior high school students. After remaining on scene for several minutes, Officer Carter advised dispatch that the riot appeared to be subsiding and he cleared the area. A few minutes after the last transmission, Police Communication Center was advised of an aviation crash at an intersection off South Carefree Circle. Witnesses at the scene stated that the helicopter looked as if it was losing power. It would have crashed into some nearby homes. However, the pilot was able to gain some power back and literally hop over the top of the houses, and then crashed into the street.

Dennis J. Ives- Motor Officer- Colorado Springs PD- August 7, 1975
Denny Ives had been en route to assist in the Pageant of the Rockies Parade. While travelling southbound on I-25, just south of Uintah, Officer Ives was involved in an accident. Officer Ives' motorcycle left the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in an area hidden from view of the roadway and nearby homes. The accident was not discovered until several hours after it had occurred. When officers arrived on scene to investigate, they found that Officer Ives was dead.

Harry L. Allen- Traffic Investigator- Colorado Springs PD- December 22, 1975
On a cold December evening, Harry Allen had been dispatched to a single car rollover accident at the intersection of Platte Avenue and Powers Boulevard. At the time, traffic investigators' cars were not equipped with overhead light bars. The intersection was dark and unlit. The victim of the accident was transported to a local hospital while Officer Allen remained on the scene to investigate. As Officer Allen was taking measurements of the accident scene, he was struck and killed by a vehicle travelling south on Powers. Officer Allen was carried on the hood of the car for at least 150 feet before he fell to the pavement. The driver was cited for careless driving and fined $25.00 for the accident.
Agustus J. Perreria- Patrolman- Colorado Springs PD- April 12, 1980
Officer Perreira had stopped at the 7-11 store at 2555 Delta Drive, unaware that a disturbance had been called in. Tim Perreira was asked by the store clerk to talk to the male who was causing the disturbance.   Officer Perreira escorted the man outside the store. As the man was walking towards the door, he was heard to say that he was not going to be taken to jail. The suspect then produced a weapon and shot Officer Perreira. Officer Perreira returned fire, wounding the suspect. The suspect was later tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity. The suspect remains at the Colorado State Hospital, to this day.
Michael J. Hurley- Patrolman- Colorado Springs PD- March 27, 1981
While off-duty, Mike Hurley had been involved in an altercation. Rather than face a serious confrontation, Officer Hurley went to a nearby house in the Eastlakes area to try to get help. Officer Hurley was asking for help and requesting to use the phone. When he was refused assistance, Officer Hurley turned and went back towards the disturbance. Officer Hurley was then stabbed and died a short time later at a local hospital. The suspect was tried and convicted, and was later paroled after serving four years in prison.
Mark L. Dabling- Patrolman- Colorado Springs PD- December 6, 1982
Officer Dabling made a traffic stop in the 300 block of West Fillmore. Unknown to Officer Dabling, the person he pulled over was a prison escapee from Florida and had committed murder before. As Mark exited the patrol car and walked towards the violator's car, the violator slid to the passenger side and exited with a sawed off .44 caliber carbine. Officer Dabling turned, trying to move toward cover, was shot and fatally wounded. An out-of-state officer used Mark's radio to call for help. The suspect fled the scene and was later apprehended. The suspect is serving a life sentence at the Colorado State Penitentiary.
Jared Scott Jensen- Detective - Colorado Springs PD- February 22, 2006

Detective Jared Jensen was shot and killed while attempting arrest a parolee who was wanted for attempted murder. Detective Jensen radioed dispatch that he had spotted the suspect near the intersection of Costilla Street and Hancock Avenue and that he was going to make contact with the suspect. After approaching the suspect, Detective Jensen was shot once in the face. Detective Jensen fell to the ground and the suspect stood over him and shot at him again. Four minutes later citizens called to report a shooting. Responding officers located Detective Jensen on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was apprehended by FBI and ATF agents following a massive manhunt and was subsequently convicted of second degree murder. On May 5, 2008, he was sentenced to 96 years in prison.
Kenneth Chua Jordan - DUI Enforcement Officer- Colorado Springs PD-December 5, 2006
Officer Kenneth Jordan served the citizens of Colorado Springs for seven years. On February 15, 2004, Officer Jordan began working as one of eight DUI Enforcement Officers on the Colorado Springs Police Department. On December 4, 2006, Officer Jordan responded to the 4400 block of East Fountain Boulevard to assist two officers on a traffic stop of a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. When Officer Jordan contacted the suspect, the suspect produced a handgun and fatally wounded Officer Jordan. The other two officers took the suspect into custody.  The suspect plead guilty to First Degree Murder and is serving a life sentence. 
 Matt Tyner
Matthew Tyner - Motors - Colorado Springs PD - July 24, 2012 
On July 24, 2012, Police Officer Matt Tyner was killed in a motorcycle accident while performing traffic enforcement on Austin Bluffs Parkway, Oro Blanco Drive and Old Farm Drive, shortly after 2:30 pm.

His motorcycle collided with another vehicle, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Officer Tyner had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Kansas City Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Specialized Enforcement Motorcycle Unit. He is survived by his mother and siblings.