ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Services for Jeremy Bitner, the Englewood Police officer hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver early Memorial Day, will be held Friday.
It will take place at the Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave. at 1:00 p.m. A Police procession to Fort Logan National Cemetery will follow the church service for interment at 3 p.m.
Bitner, 39, an seven year veteran of the Englewood Police force and also a U.S. military veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children.
“Officer Bitner loved his job,” said Englewood Police Chief John Collins due an emotional news conference at Englewood Police headquarters. “He served his country and the City of Englewood with dignity and honor.”
Just after midnight on Monday, Bitner was in the process of issuing a ticket to a driver on South Broadway when police say Conner Donohue, 20, struck both men with his Nissan Pathfinder as they were standing next to Bitner’s patrol car.
Donohue kept driving and was arrested several miles away in Littleton.
Bitner sustained fatal injuries. The other driver, Kevin Montoya, remained hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday.
Bitner was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry and served time in Bosnia. On two occasions as a law enforcement officer, in 2005 and 2009, he was honored for disarming suspects.
Collins says Bitner may be the first Englewood Police officer killed in the line of duty.
“We always liken ourselves to being a family,” said Collins of his 70-member police force. “We’re a family who serves our city and any time we lose a member of our family, especially in this situation, it’s nothing less than heartbreaking.”
A memorial fund for Bitner’s children has been established at Bellco Credit Union and Public Service Credit Union. The account number is 591654637. Donations can also be mailed:
The Belco Credit Union
c/o Officer Jeremy Bitner Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 17000
Denver, CO. 80217-7000