Memorial for Englewood Police officer to be held today
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Private funeral services for Jeremy Bitner, the Englewood Police officer hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of Nazarene before his burial at Fort Logan Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Traffic on Hampden Avenue between Colorado Blvd. and Sheridan Blvd. will be interrupted between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. to accommodate the procession to the cemetery.
All intersections on Hampden Avenue will be closed along the route to allow passage of several hundred police and fire vehicles assembling for the memorial.
Those who wish to pay respect to Officer Bitner may watch the procession from the sidewalks of Hampden Avenue.
Heavy traffic is also expected prior to the 1 p.m. service at the church located on the corner of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
Flags across the state will be lowered to half staff in his honor.
Bitner, 39, was a U.S. Army veteran and a seven-year veteran of the Englewood Police force.
Bitner was struck just after midnight Monday while standing next to his police car on South Broadway at Belleview. He was in the process of issuing a ticket.
Conner Donohue, 20, is accused of hitting both Bitner and the man he pulled over, Kevin Montoya. Police say Donohue fled the scene. Littleton Police arrested him several miles away.
Montoya is out of the hospital. He suffered several bruises and a broken leg.
Donohue was formally charged with 12 counts Friday.
Bitner leaves behind a wife and two children.
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