DENVER - A special memorial was held Thursday to honor a detective who was shot and killed on March 11, 1962 while he was off-duty, but in uniform.
"It’s a reminder to Denver of the sacrifices that officers have made over the years." Michael Hesse of the Denver Police Museum said.
During the ceremony, a memorial sign was placed at the corner of 41st and Tejon. The the location where Det. Darrel Suer died.
Suer was enjoying a meal with his wife at the Marigold Cafe, located at 4100 Tejon Street in Denver, when the incident happened.
Three masked and armed robbers entered the cafe unaware the off-duty detective was inside.
Upon seeing the robbers, Suer took immediate action to stop the robbery by shooting one of the suspects who had put the muzzle of a gun in a customer's face.
One suspect jumped Suer from behind and a struggle ensued. The detective was shot once in the chest.
Suer's wife, Cody, forced the suspect to break off the attack by throwing hot coffee on him.
The suspects fled and were later caught, convicted and sent to prison. The robber Suer shot died.
Suer was a 16-year veteran of the Denver Police Department.
He and his wife had three sons, all of whom became law enforcement officers.
“And every time this stuff comes up it strikes closer to the heart of all of us" Suer’s son David said.
The ceremony is one of four scheduled to coincide with Sept. 11 tributes scheduled to be held throughout the nation to honor first responders and is also part of an ongoing effort to mark the locations where Denver Police officers lost their lives in the line of duty.
"It’s also an opportunity to make sure that the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty are remembered, and that their families know we appreciate their sacrifice." Hesse said.
The ceremony was at 4100 Tejon Street. Students from the CEC Middle College helped raise money to pay for the signs honoring the fallen officers.
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