Group raises funds to upgrade officer memorial

Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 19:42:59-05

A group is working to get enough money to make improvements to a memorial site honoring fallen Colorado law enforcement.

The Colorado Fallen Officer Memorial sits near the entrance to the State Patrol Basic Training site in Golden.

The location, a bit hidden, isn’t a problem for Sheryl Schwartz, whose husband, a Freemont Co. deputy, was killed in 2001 during an arrest.

She likes the security the location provides.

"It’s a place that I can take my son and we can come and remember his dad,” she said.

There are dozens of names on a wall at the memorial of the men and women who like Schwartz, died in the line of duty.

“It’s important that our state remember those who gave everything in order that everyone can be free and safe and sleep at night,” said Sgt. Donald Enloe, whose father was killed during a traffic stop when he was just 4.

The memorial was set up by a committee through private funding.

Now the committee wants to make improvements by adding a statue, more lighting and a privacy wall to separate the memorial from a nearby parking lot.

“This way there can be a little bit of protection and it will be a lot more quiet,” said Enloe.

The project will cost close to $300,000 and is anticipated to be completed by 2017, if they can raise the necessary funds.

“Being able to see it from the law enforcement side,” said Enloe, “the family side, you know with friends going up there, it’s something very special."