GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Today marks the anniversary of the death of Deputy Derek Geer, who died in the line of duty back in 2016.
Today we're remembering Deputy Geer: a Navy veteran, loving husband and father of two, who spent fifteen years with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Geer was killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of a man with a gun. At 11:15 a.m. today, law enforcement let the radio airwaves go silent to honor Deputy Geer. We caught them paying their respects today, and also caught up with Ruben Najera who was in jail with the man who shot the Deputy.
“The men and women of the Mesa County’s Sheriff’s Office, all public safety agencies, and your dispatchers are forever grateful and proud to have served with Deputy Geer,” said a voice over the radio.
“All I knew was that he was being praised for being a cop killer. It definitely wasn’t right what he did; nobody is above the law,” Najera comments, who was jailed with Austin Holzer.
As a final act of service and selflessness, Deputy Geer remained on life support until his organs could be donated to four different people.
He was honored with the Lifesaving award in 2012 for helping revive a woman in cardiac arrest.
After he died, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in December of 2016.