Post offices to be named after two fallen law officers
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two measures this week honoring two fallen law enforcement officers — Mesa County Deputy Derek Geer and Montrose Police Sgt. David Kinterknecht — by naming two area post offices after them.
The measures were introduced by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.
The Grand Junction post office located at 241 N. Fourth St. will be named the "Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer Post Office Building," while the Montrose office at 3025 Woodgate Road will be named the "Sergeant David Kinterknecht Post Office."
Geer was killed Feb. 8, 2016, while trying to arrest then 17-year-old Austin Holzer, who was sentenced to 70 years in prison for murder earlier this year.
Kinterknecht was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call. The suspect in that shooting, who also wounded two other officers, committed suicide.
Kinterknecht, 41 when he was killed, had worked in the Montrose department for 10 years. In the nine years prior to that, he worked for the Telluride Marshal's Office, the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office.
He left behind a wife, two daughters, three stepsons and a sister.
Geer, 40 at the time of his death, was a 16-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, though he spent 30 years in law enforcement. In that office, the U.S. Navy veteran also worked as a victim's advocate. He was a 1994 graduate of Central High School.
He left behind a wife and two children.
"They put their lives on the line every day for their communities," Tipton said in a statement. "Tragically, they were both taken far too soon, giving all in the line of duty. While we will never be able to repay either of these men for their selfless acts or fill the void left by their loss, naming post offices in their respective communities will honor their lives and ensure that their memories live on."
Both measures cleared the House on unanimous consent. They head to the Senate for final action.