Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Englewood Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, May 28, 2012

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Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Detective Jeremy Bitner was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop at the intersection of South Broadway Street and East Belleview Avenue at approximately 12:05 am.

During the initial stop he had the driver exit the vehicle. As the two stood in the roadway next to the car, a drunk driver sideswiped Detective Bitner's patrol car and then struck him and the other driver, throwing them both approximately 50 feet. A witness to the collision called 911 and followed the drunk driver as he fled the scene in his vehicle. Officers from the Littleton Police Department arrested him several minutes after the crash due to the witness' actions. The drunk driver plead guilty in February 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Detective Bitner and the citizen were both transported to Swedish Medical Center in critical condition. The officer succumbed to his injuries approximately 11 hours later.

Detective Bitner was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Englewood Police Department for 7-1/2 years and had previously served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for six months. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective by the Chief of Police at his funeral service, he is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 04-07
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, and agency during this very difficult time for them and all of us. Thank you for your service! We shall remember you with pride and admiration always! May God Bless the Blue!

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9];

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4] and;

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Depart in peace, Brother-in-Blue; in the name of God the Father who created you; in the name of Christ Jesus who redeemed you; in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, RPP, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

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