Special Tribute to Fallen Denver Officer Michael Dowd

Posted: 11-Sep-2016

Today, the Denver Police Department and the Denver Police Museum will dedicate a memorial sign honoring Detective Michael Dowd.

Detective Dowd was shot on November 28, 1969 in the 1400 Block of California Street, while he was attempting to arrest a suspect who was later found to be a convicted cop killer and prison escapee. Dowd killed suspect. Although Dowd had been wounded six times, he was able to survive the incident. Unfortunately, however, his life was cut short and he lived in constant pain and nearly crippling injuries. In 2015, Officer Dowd was added to the fallen officer memorial, the Colorado State Law Enforcement Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

The ceremony today, will take place just down the street from the incident, at the intersection of 15th and California at 11:00am. Officer Dowd had several children who are expected to attend today’s ceremony. In addition Dowd’s partner Steve Metro’s family are also expected to attend the ceremony. Metros played an instrumental role in ensuring that Officer Dowd was actually placed on the memorial. Metro’s died just days after Dowd’s name was inscribed on the memorial.

This ceremony is one of four scheduled for this week to co-inside with September 11 tributes scheduled to be held throughout the nation to honor first responders and is an ongoing effort mark the locations where Denver Police Officers lost their lives in the line of duty.