LAFAYETTE, Colo. (KDVR) — Pastor Benjamin Chavez read a letter from Officer Dillon Vakoff’s mother at the end of his memorial service, as the 27-year-old Arvada police officer was laid to rest.
“Well, Dillon here we are. I received the call that since the day you were born, I was afraid to get,” Chavez read. “I know we talked at great lengths about this date. We made a pact: if you died, you had died being a heroic lion. I promised you I would accept that choice you made the honor and serve our country.”
Vakoff’s service included a six-year stint in the Air Force, and three years serving in the Arvada Police Department. He was training to be a part of the SWAT team in Arvada at the time of his death.
“Our pact was I too must be a lion,” Chavez read. “I’m trying to be your lion, Dillon, but I see so many lives that you have impacted in such an amazing way. I see the terrible sadness and void in their eyes in the grief of losing you.”
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“I don’t want to let you down about our pact,” Chavez read. “I want to be a lion. So I will never quit and I will always try to be the person you taught me to be. My wish is that every person in this room leaves with a piece of Staff Seargent Officer Dillon Vakoff with them and chooses to do good. And today I charge you, as yourself, ‘What would Dillon do?'”