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Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1965

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Reflections for Patrolman Paul Lewis Major

Officer Major was honored this week (Police Week, May 2021) during a wreath ceremony by The Denver Police Dept. His sacrifice and his service to the City of Denver is still remembered and honored fifty-six years later. Denver Police Chaplain, Stephen Redden, recently reminded us that Major's sacrifice, and of many others, serves to encourage us that our work matters, is honorable, righteous and important. Let us all take that to heart and be mindful while we remember Paul Lewis Major.

Sergeant Aaron Kafer

May 20, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Major.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2019

I'd like to,post this, can I see the police investigation reports. I was Paul's partner the night we got in the shootout. ,I am 77 now, his reg partner was my best friend for years. Illjust say. Pete, paul did not die in a alley. We saw two,men. Burglers. Who had kicked in a clothing store I was driving. On. Broadway, we were coming back from downtown station picked up the mail for dist 3 station. A car they had was so full of stolen clothes I can't see how they would of driven it it was parked in front of the store, I got out after I had back up noticing the men coming out with arms full,of clothes. Paulgot out on right side of patrol car, we were just chatting. Before that, re him not having to pull his gun in 16 yrs of service etc. I knew him well, I was at dist 3 for two yrs. I was at the left front fenderof our unit. When the men opened fire I started return,ing fire rimmed then I looked for Paul. He was face down. And I got down beside him. I could see head as gone immed. So I kept the fire going at the men, and got to the radio for help. Save you the rest. Paul died highly honorable. Every officer like Paul major. I was so distressed for months after. Wishing it was me not him. He died on Broadway not in a dam alley. Who did that to my friend Paul, he was on Broadway the main st in denver besides Colfax. I don't know how that report. Said what it did, I actually never read it later, others wrote it I didn't ,, so I thought I'd say the truth here anyone can write me [email protected]. , other officers who I knew. Fallen one was in,my academy class. His name is Paul. Also , I knew real good officer diet fallen he was a top cop , I knew wetzer the motor cop well as , I was the motorcycle trainer. For all 35 bikes from 1966 to 68. When I resigned honorable as I had a ranch. So of Littleton ,owned the dowtiw auction inc, was a staff cattle. Auctioneer at denver stock yards. Mr art Dill put me in charge of motor training. I stayed his friend till the day he died and his wife also. All they his yrs as the chief of police. Two of my riders made chief of police also. Paul major and I and a detail of cops were on Sgt. B,s. Team for two yrs running we had the top. Achievements of all details under that top Sgt. One of the best parts of my life. Except for the personal losses of all these officers. I can't hope to understand why. They never leave my mind ever. If you wish to talk you get nothing from me, but the truth. My badge is 63 43. Same class as Paul Wilson. We all joined in 63. 16 in our class. I still have a news clipping of some of us in frank goode. Judo/karate school. From the denver post. One of my class mates was a pro photographer I think he had pics of every cop on the force then I don't know where ed is now? He was dedicated. All for now this is a bit long. As Paul major died right beside me he's always been close to,my mind and my heart. Bless you Paul and your family. Forever. J d carter.

Patrolmen. J d carter badge 6343
Denver police dept 63 to 68

May 19, 2018

Thinking of you

Proud Grandaughter Amy Apodaca
Denver County Court

January 20, 2017

To the Grandfather I have only met in my dreams: I wish "life in Prison" didn't amount to 18 years. I wish my Mom could have had more than 14 short years with her Father. I wish she could share more memories of you without breaking down. I wish I had more pictures. I wish we knew who had your badge. I wish you could have met my father, who also served as a Denver Police Officer and shares the same kindness, honor, integrity and love of family as you. I wish I could have met you. On 5/11/16 I will stand next to my family with pride when they Honor your sacrifice and place a memorial on the street where you were murdered.

Proud Grandaughter Amy Apodaca
Denver County Court

April 15, 2016

It was 50 years ago, tomorrow I was listening to the radio
when I heard " A Officer was shot at Broadway and Lincoln." and for some reason I knew we lost a uncle, a father, a husband, a brother and a son, that night. We still miss you, uncle Paul, but now you have a brother to keep you company and to talk and argue with, dad joined you and mom last April.


Denise (Major) Jennings

January 19, 2015

Paul Major was my father's partner for a while before my father transferred to another station. I remember him always laughing and joking around with us as children. I will always remember him and his family. I went to high school and graduated with his son, Mike.

Marcia Wintibaugh-Wilks

December 22, 2014

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Major. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 26, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 47th anniversary year of your death. 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 20, 2012

Patrolman Major,
On today, the 47th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

January 20, 2012

Patrolman Paul Major was shot in the alley of my paper route, when I was in high school. I wasn't around the area when it happened, but every day that I delivered my papers, I passed that alley, and sometimes rode through it on my bike. I felt so sad that a man's life was taken, not by old age, surrounded and comforted by family, but alone in such a sad place as that. This made a huge impression on me. I was inspired by Officer Major's courage and the ultimate sacrifice he made. I suspect that many lives were changed for the better by Officer Major's actions, both in life and death. God Bless You!

Denver Police Dept

December 30, 2011

Patrolman Major - Four Fridays ago, I stood in the State Assembly chambers when you name was one of almost 250 read off during a motion regarding this month's Peace Officer Memorial Week - you are not forgotten.

Thank you for your service to the people of the City of Denver 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 14, 2010

Officer Major your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 25, 2008



January 12, 2008

You made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that too few dare. Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

Patrolman Paul Major was my uncle. He was murdered when I was 6 years old. Memories of him are faint, but I feel he is my mentor, my guardian angel. How I wish I would have known him.


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