LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– There were heavy hearts across Littleton on Friday as police officers said goodbye to one of their own. Officer Kevin Denner was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on Monday.
Denner was a 10-year veteran of the Littleton Police Department. He worked on cases involving crimes against children.
Denner leaves behind his wife and two young children.
His former partner delivered an emotional speech at Denner’s funeral.
“My friend and our gentle giant, we will all miss you but never, ever forget or dismiss you,” said Officer Krista Bunker. “Kaitlin, Caden and Kristine, this is the only payment I can offer for you for sharing Kevin with us. These people standing behind you will stand behind you today, tomorrow and forever.”
A fund to assist Denner’s family has been set up at the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union.
Denner was off duty at the time of the crash and police say he was wearing a helmet but it was knocked off by the impact.
Police said they suspect the 37-year-old driver of the car may have been drinking. Jemal Abdelkader Dawed was arrested and faces charges of careless driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield the right of way.