Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Wildlife Officer James Howard Olterman

Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Wildlife Division, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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Reflections for Wildlife Officer James Howard Olterman

Rest in peace mustache boy

Carson loveless

February 6, 2024

Rest in peace always and please know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your fellow law enforcement.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 4, 2020

You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 4, 2013

Rest in Peace, Biologist Olterman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 24, 2012

Senior Terrestrial Biologist Olterman - Thank you for your service to both our nation and to the people of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 27, 2010

One word- Heroism!


August 30, 2009

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. Keep watch over the rest of us as we protect our natural resources.

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

October 31, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 9, 2007

Jim...we still think about you every day. You would be pleased with the lynx and their success in the state. DOW still has the best pilots in the country to track them us. Our thoughts and prayers to the Oltermans.

AWM Shaun Deeney
Colorado Division of Wildlife

January 25, 2007

Jim was my uncle. Even though I was not as close to him as I wish I had been, I will always remember him. The last time I saw him I had recently moved from Tennessee out to Arizona by myself and I will never forget him looking me in the eye and saying, "Bonnie, you know if you ever need anything- we aren't far." That meant so much to me because I knew by the look in his eye he TRULY meant it.
I wish everyone could have the chance to meet him, he was a great individual- not to mention a HERO, but also my family.
I'll miss you Uncle Jim.
Bonnie Kate

Bonnie Olterman

January 4, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Senior Terrestrial Biologist James Howard and his fellow officers with the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources.

On this the fourth annniversary of Jim's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Jim's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage. I also salute his patriotism to our country through his service as a Vietnam Vet.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul. No doubt that Heaven has another hero in Jim, but I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved. May you all continue to be comforted by your faith and your law enforcement family and other police survivors.

I am so sorry that Jim was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jim gave to his community and the citizens of Colorado, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 4, 2002.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

September 4, 2006

My thoughts are with your family and loved ones on this 4th anniversary of you being called away. Keep watch over them. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 4, 2006

Mr. Olterman,
On today, the 3rd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to our Country, not just as a LEO, but in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as well.


September 4, 2005

I knew Jim and the family from the age of two. When a professor at ETSU encouraged Jim to go for wildlife biology and Colorado, it was as if the clouds parted and a blinding light pointed the way. Never was a person more truly happy in his life and work...and his parents were so proud and happy for him. He is greatly missed.

David Carter
Retired in Tennessee

January 23, 2004

Dear God, what a man.

You should all be so very proud. Many very tough days are ahead, but dont give up.

Dad, Leo Kristin Pataki
EOW 5/4/2002 MNCPP age 24

October 21, 2003

I remember Jim helping me with an animal control project. He was knowledgable and yet jovial. My prayers go to Robin and the children as they go on with daily life.


October 20, 2003

You are a true hero. Keep watch over the rest of us, and God bless your family and friends.

Former Deputy Sheriff
Polk County Sheriff's Office

September 24, 2003

I knew Jimmy when he was growing up, he was the product of very fine parents. It doesn't surprise me he grew up to be such a wonderful young man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Helen M. Winegar Kernoul

God Bless...

Our most sincere condolences to Jim's family, friends, and co-workers. Find comfort and support in one another. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD

To our brother in blue may your rest in peace. Your family, friends, and co workers are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless

Officer D. Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

My sincere condolences to the Olterman family and the employees of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources . I am greatly saddened by your loss, both as a law enforcement officer and as a pilot, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God give you the strength and courage to get through this difficult time, and the years to come. Although our brotherhood has suffered a tremendous loss, we know that Jim is now safe in God's arms guarding the gates of Heaven. God Bless you Jim, for all that you have been, and for all that you have meant, to the people whose lives you have touched.

Sergeant Richard Lopez
United States Capitol Police



God Bless you brother.
My prayers and thoughts are with the family and co-workers.

Ofc. Scott Sparks
Chesterfield County Police Dept, Va

Another Great American Hero taken from us by fate. God Bless Jim , his wife and children.

Detective JC Johnson
Danville Police Dept.Danville VA.

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