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Second Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R98­0919.01 JAG


BY REPRESENTATIVES Gotlieb and Pfiffner;

also SENATOR Wham.


WHEREAS, By the Will of Divine Providence, Denver Police Officer Bruce VanderJagt departed this life on November 12, 1997, at the age of forty­seven; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt was slain in the line of duty by a suspect with a long history of criminal behavior; and

WHEREAS, Prior to becoming a Denver Police Officer, Officer VanderJagt served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt served the Denver community as a Denver Police Officer for eleven years and twice received the Denver Police Department's Distinguished Service Cross; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt was an intelligent and a thoughtful man who relished intellectual challenges and earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder less than a year before becoming the fifty­eighth Denver Police Officer to give his life in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt was an avid weight lifter whose commitment to physical fitness matched his passion for intellectual development and academic achievement; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt left a wife, Anna Marie VanderJagt, a daughter, Hayley VanderJagt, and many other loving relatives and friends to carry on his memory; and

WHEREAS, Officer VanderJagt fell while serving the people of Denver and the State of Colorado, and his memory deserves their gratitude; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That, in the untimely passing of Officer Bruce VanderJagt, the people of Denver and of the State of Colorado have lost an outstanding citizen and a devoted public servant, and that we, the members of the Sixty­first General Assembly, do hereby extend our deep and heartfelt sympathy to the members of his family and pay tribute to a man who served his city and state well and faithfully.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent to Officer VanderJagt's widow, Anna Marie VanderJagt, and his daughter, Hayley VanderJagt, as well as to Denver Police Chief David Michaud.

Created: 4/16/98 Updated: 4/16/98