Undersheriff Gary Caponera

Undersheriff Gary Caponera

Bent County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, 1999

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Gary Caponera

Undersheriff Caponera suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting a training course.

During the training, he became ill, and was taken to a local hospital by fellow officers. He was pronounced dead at the hospital due to a massive heart attack.

Undersheriff Caponera was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and had served in law enforcement for 28 years. He had previously served with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and Adams County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife, two grown children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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It's been 18 years today but the pain still feels like it was yesterday. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. You now have 3 more grandchildren, my son Kevin who is 8, my daughter Ashlin who is 3, and our miracle baby born at 24 weeks and only weighed 1 pound, no one knows how she survived, I do, I am sure Grandpa Gary had something to do with it. I miss you so much and although I try not to be sad when thinking about you I wish my children could have felt the safety and security Grandpas arms bring, it's a feeling I miss so much. It helps to know you are at peace with grandpy and granmy, Aunt Lori, and now Uncle Stevie. With you guys all gone it can feel pretty lonely. I will continue to live in the way you raised us to, because why be the assistant when you could be a doctor. No I haven't forgot that talk. I love you and miss you Dad!

Terri A West
Terri - daughter

October 9, 2017

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