The Grand Junction Police Department is mourning the passing of Commander Greg Assenmacher.
Cmdr. Assenmacher died of apparent natural causes at his home on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the police department.
The following is the release from the G.J.P.D. :
Cmdr. Assenmacher was legendary within the department. He started at the GJPD in 1981 as a police officer, and held nearly every position possible during his notable career, including narcotics investigator, detective, school resource officer, SWAT officer, bike team, Community Advocacy, and Field Training Officer.
He became a commander in 2003, and led numerous investigations. Some of his most recent high-profile cases include the 2006 Robert Burke bombings, the 2008 Fuji Massage bust, and the arrest of Jerry Nemnich in 2009 for the 30-year-old murders of Linda and Kelly Benson.
“The world needs more people like Greg Assenmacher,” said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper. “Commander Assenmacher has served as one of the most outstanding representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department that we have had. Through volunteer work, Crime Stoppers, JUCO, multiple Honor Flights for World War II veterans, and countless other outreach activities, his efforts on behalf of the citizens of this community are unparalleled. His commitment to solving crime and making Grand Junction a safer city will not soon be matched. Most important, we all knew him as one of the kindest and most giving men that we have had the pleasure of knowing. He will be deeply missed for years to come.”
Cmdr. Assenmacher also received numerous awards and recognitions during his career, both from his colleagues within and outside our agency, and from members of the community. It was very common for the police chief to receive letters and notes from people across the country, wanting him to know how impressed and grateful they were for Cmdr. Assenmacher’s service.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and the many, many friends he had in our community.