Standing STRONG DURING CANCER
Sgt. Jeff Manqueros continues to work despite his battle with Stage 4 prostate cancer
It was February 2019 when Sgt. Jeff Manqueros (second from right), found out he had prostate cancer. His story made the local news because he wasn't battling just one, but two types of cancer at the same time -- metastatic prostate cancer and kidney cancer.
His colleagues rallied together and surprised him with a check and some money they collected around the sheriff’s office that helped pay his skyrocketing medical bills and lost wages. Now, two years later, Sgt. Manqueros is back at work. The kidney cancer is gone, but but he still has stage 4 prostate cancer and while he's often tired and weak, he serves the community with a positive attitude and a grateful heart.
"My hope now is to reach others and let them know to get tested early. If only one person gets a PSA test and it gets discovered, it’s worth it because it will save them a lot of heartache," says Sgt. Jeff Manqueros.
Manqueros is sharing his story once again because September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It's also when the sheriff's office begins its annual fundraiser "Blue Backs the Pink," selling blue and pink merchandise to raise money for prostate and breast cancer patients.
"I always tell people, even if you have you have to pay cash to get tested because insurance companies don't want to cover it until you're 40, it's a drop in the bucket to what it could cost down the road," says Manqueros.
PSA or prostate cancer screening tests, are available for men ages 40 and older. If you're younger than 40 and interested in getting tested, contact your primary care doctor or urologist. For more information, click the button below.
'BLUE BACKS THE PINK' MERCH FOR SALE
During the month of September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the sheriff's office sells blue patches and other blue items to support men fighting prostate cancer. Then in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we do the same to support breast cancer patients.
“As a law enforcement agency, we want to give back to the people we serve," says Sheriff Tyler Brown. "We’re better together and more powerful in our fight to beat cancer.”
You can support the cause by purchasing merchandise on the Blue Backs the Pink website. All money raised goes to help cancer patients throughout Colorado who cannot afford treatment. The merchandise includes patches, hats, pins and new this year – a new 2021 challenge coin!
For more information or to donate or purchase items, click the button below.
OPEN HOUSE DRAWS RECORD CROWD
Sheriff's office serves up 1,500+ pancakes
The Sheriff & Coroner's Open House and Pancake Breakfast drew the largest crowd to date. More than 1,000 people showed up for the free event. We served up 1,500 pancakes AND we raised nearly $1,000 for our charity, the Pink Patch Foundation.
The events included a hands-on display of our SWAT and Bomb trucks, a K-9 demonstration, vehicle extrication, maggot art, a history tour of the sheriff's office, tours of the coroner's facility, a helicopter landing, mounted unit horses, a dunk tank and so much more.
We hope you enjoy this video which shares our favorite moments from that day.
kodak moments from the OPEN HOUSE
take part in real-life police scenarios
Sign up for our next Citizens Academy October 5 - 30
Ever wondered what a sheriff's deputy does? Or what it's like to work in law enforcement? Here's your chance! Sign up for our fall Citizens' Academy coming up in October. You'll get to see and experience real-life scenarios and learn about all areas of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
See inside a jail. Learn about SWAT. See a bomb robot. Watch a K-9 demonstration. Try your hand at dusting for fingerprints and so much more.
The citizens academy runs October 5-30, 2021 and will be in-person. Space is limited so hurry and sign up below.
sheriff joins western welcome week PARADE
Sheriff Tyler Brown and the Mounted Posse were back in the saddle for the Littleton Western Welcome Week Grande Parade on August 21. The event is an annual tradition of celebrating the City of Littleton, supporting organizations and nurturing community spirit.
Along with our mounted patrol unit was our motorcycle traffic unit, bomb truck, patrol cars, bicycle patrol and our Honor Guard. This was the 92nd year for the parade.
HORSES KEEP KIDS SAFE IN SCHOOL ZONES
Now that schools are back open, the Mounted Patrol Unit with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has been busy! Once a week, Lt. Rich Anselmi and his posse of deputies and volunteers, show up at elementary schools throughout the county with their four-legged friends, working the crosswalks and helping kids and parents get to school safely.
But it seems the school district isn't the only one impressed with horses on patrol. Parents love the idea too and they often post about it on social media.
Lt. Anselmi has worked hard the past two years at building the mounted patrol unit. He's recruited deputies and volunteers and even brought on two miniature ponies to the herd.
If you have experience with horses and would like to volunteer for the mounted patrol unit, visit our website for more information.
five neighborhoods take part in national night out
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is an annual community event that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer. This year, five local neighborhoods participated in the event which took place on August 3.
Our deputies brought their patrol vehicles, SWAT and Bomb trucks, K-9s and even the Arapahoe Wildland Fire Team brought it's trucks too. Kids had a blast learning how all the different equipment is used.
Neighborhoods included Walnut Hills, Medema Park, Western Park, Homestead in the Willows and I-70 & Monaghan. If you'd like your neighborhood to participate next year, please contact Deputy Natasha Romero in our Community Resource Unit.