In their own words: Aurora Theater shooting responding officers

KUSA – They are eight of the many who responded to the Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012.

Each one considers their colleagues the true heroes of that night. Not one considers himself a hero.

Our story on their story will air Wednesday night to help honor their roles five years after one of the worst mass shootings in this country’s history.

Before that story airs, however, we wanted to allow you the opportunity to hear from them in their own words.

The words and emotions are raw and unfiltered. Some will prove difficult for you to hear.

In the end, we hope it gives you a better idea of what dozens of officers went through that night.

Before now, none of these eight officers had told their stories in such a public way.

Our special story on these officers will air Wednesday, July 19 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

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Officer John Gonzales


Sergeant Mike Hawkins


Officer Jon Marek


Officer Specialist Jason Oviatt


Lieutenant Stephen Redfearn


Officer James Waselkow


Sergeant Gerry Jonsgaard


Bryan Butler (retired) 

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