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Sheriff William Wesley Dunlap

Montezuma County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1935

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Reflections for Sheriff William Wesley Dunlap

As the current Sheriff in Montezuma County, Colorado, and a Peace Officer here in southwest Colorado for 40 years, I learned about and have honored all who have made the ultimate sacrifice. After Sheriff Dunlap was killed, a plaque in his honor was mounted in a wall design in the Montezuma County Courthouse honoring his service, where the Sheriff's Office was once located. When I took office in 2015, I had the plaque removed and is now mounted for public display at the current location of the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office located at 730 East Driscoll Street in Cortez, Colorado, where it belongs for all who enter to view, know and remember.

Sheriff Steven D. Nowlin
Montezuma County Sheriff

May 18, 2017

I knew Pete Dunlap, banker and was a playmate of Wes Dunlap in Cortez durung the 1950's.

Bob Garrison
Chief Pilot..Renfro's Alaskan Adventures--Bethel, AK

April 9, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Dunlap. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 28, 2012

I wish to honor the memory of my Grandfather, William Wesley Dunlap.
I never had a chance to know my grandfather, as my Mother, his daughter, was only 13 years old at the time of his murder. His grandchildren did grow up with the story of his life as told to us by his children, and we know that he was an intelligent and hard working man, who was beloved by the people of Montezuma County, and the Dolores River Valley, where he owned a cattle ranch. I am proud to be the granddaughter of such an honest, hard working pioneer, cowboy, and lawman, and will always honor him. I regret that I never got to know him in life.
May God Bless and Keep Safe All law officers and their families.
Thank you, Chief Sgt. Moreland, Ret., for your memorial in honor of my

Paula Akin

September 9, 2011

Sheriff Dunlap - You remind us that no matter what our tenure, rank, or title we need to stay aware. Be that "little voice," please, which reminds us to maintain our tactics in all contacts with suspects. Two Fridays ago I stood in the State Assembly chambers when your name was one of the almost 250 read off during a vote regarding next month's Police Memorial Week. You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service to the people of Montezuma County and the state 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)

May 4, 2010

Sheriff Dunlap,
On today, the 72nd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Montezuma County. It took another year, but one of your murderers finally got the justice that he deserved.



July 15, 2007

Rest in peace and keep watch over your brothers and sisters in blue.


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