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Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office The Detail Newsletter - March 2021

FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE

Sheriff's office rallies around family of sergeant battling COVID

"We are hoping and praying he pulls through. Nate is so special to us. He's the type of guy we want out there serving our citizens," Sheriff Tyler Brown.

For the past month, Sgt. Nate Kyelberg has been in a battle for his life. It started February 1 when Nate began feeling achy and his illness quickly accelerated. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was having trouble breathing. Within a week, he was on advanced life support at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He couldn't seem to slow the brutal attack on his body.

"It was heartbreaking," says Sgt. Jeremiah Gates, one of Nate's closest friends. "Nate is such a kind and positive person, it's not surprising this agency and the community have come together like this."
Sgt. Nate Kyelberg with his family when he was sworn in as Sergeant

With a wife and three kids at home, Sgt. Kyelberg's colleagues rallied together to help raise money for his medical bills. They started a fund and planned an event at a local pub.

"Night Out for Nate" fundraiser at Welcome Home Brewery in Parker where 50% of proceeds were donated to the Kyelberg family.

The Arapahoe Fraternal Order of Police set up a PayPal account for donations and the sheriff's office put the word out on social media. Within weeks, more than $15,000 had been raised.

On March 1, Nate's family shared some good news: Nate is slowly improving. He's requiring less oxygen from the ventilator and is beginning to respond to commands. However, he's still a long way from coming home, so we ask that you please continue to pray for his full recovery. Our hope is that Nate can soon put on his uniform once again and return to doing what he loves.

Watch the news coverage of Sgt. Kyelberg

DEPUTY PENS BOOK, DONATES PROFITS TO KYELBERG FAMILY

After losing her brother to suicide, Deputy Keli Hoffmann shares her grief story

I put my personal life out there to let others know they're not alone." -- Deputy Keli Hoffmann

It was just over a year ago, January 26, 2020, when Deputy Keli Hoffmann's dad came to her home and said three words that would change her life forever: "Doug killed himself."

Doug Hoffmann, Keli's brother

Doug was Keli's brother and only sibling. He was also her best friend. That is, until his life went downhill in his mid-20's and he spiraled into drug addiction. He was 36 when he took his life. But that's Doug's story. Keli is now sharing her own personal story of how she found hope through the grief and pain of losing a loved one to suicide, with her new book, "Forever 36." Her hope is to help other survivors whose hearts have been shattered.

Suicide is so stigmatizing. I'm hoping by writing about it, it will open up communication. I think more people would get help if they weren't so ashamed. That's not how it should be. We shouldn't ignore our mental health," says Deputy Keli Hoffmann.
One month after Doug's death, Hoffmann's family and friends held a Celebration of Life at deKoevend Park in Centennial and released balloons in his memory.

Hoffmann became a deputy sheriff 13 years ago. She works at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility. She credits her friend and colleague, Sgt. Nate Kyelberg with helping her choosing her career path.

Deputy Hoffmann listens as her team speaks with an inmate in his cell
I met Nate when I was 20 years old, working as a clerk at a gas station. I told him I was studying Criminal Justice and he invited me to go on a ride-a-long. He was so friendly and respectful and I had a blast. He's the reason I'm a cop today," says Hoffmann.

With her book just released on Amazon, Hoffmann said it doesn't feel right profiting from her brother's tragedy. What DID feel right though, was repaying Sgt. Nate Kyelberg with the same kindness he showed her, so Hoffmann decided to donate all her profits to his family.

I'll never forget what Nate did for me. He took every stereotype about cops and blew it out of the water. He was respectful to everyone, even those he arrested. It showed me a different side of policing and that's why I'm here," says Hoffmann.

You can purchase Forever 36 on Amazon. It's available in paperback or an e-book. All proceeds will be donated to Sgt. Nate Kyelberg's family.

Keli's ankle tattoo in remembrance of her brother

FATHER OF SIX KILLED IN COLD BLOOD

THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF MARK DAVIS

Watch the heartbreaking new interview with his wife below.

This murder didn't make sense. There was no motive whatsoever. Mark Davis had no enemies. He was ambushed in cold blood." -- Sheriff's Investigator Jaime Wright
Mark Davis, victim

It's been two years since 48-year-old Mark Davis, a father of six, was ambushed and gunned down in front of his apartment building near Arapahoe and Jordan roads in Centennial on January 18, 2019. Davis was disabled, he suffered from severe arthritis in his back and neck. He was walking to the bus stop in the early morning hours, when he was shot multiple times and left to die on the ground.

Crime scene photo from Mark Davis' murder
We've had lots of tips and we've looked into each one of them but we still need more info, that one nugget that will help solve this case," says Wright.

While multiple people were interviewed over the past two years, no arrests were ever made. Today, the sheriff's office is urging anyone with information to please come forward. Do you know anything? Did you see anything? Any piece of information could help us.

There's a $2,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest. You can remain anonymous. Here's who to contact:

Sheriff's office donates $4.5K to fight cancer

We were so honored to present a check for $4,500 to Littleton Adventist Hospital to help prostate and breast cancer patients who can't afford treatment. We want to thank everyone who bought pink and blue sheriff patches, challenge coins and so much more during our "Blue Backs the Pink" campaign last fall. It's because of YOU we were able to make this wonderful donation. Look for our online shop to open again in September and October 2021 during Prostate and Breast Cancer Awareness Months.

A friendly voice for seniors living on their own

Are you a senior citizen living alone in unincorporated Arapahoe County? Would you like someone to check in on you every so often to make sure you're okay and have everything you need? If so, it would be our honor to help you!

Watch the Rocky Mountain PBS story below.

Click the button to enroll in the program or to apply to become a volunteer.

Read Across America Day

March 2 was Read Across America Day and our deputies joined in the fun by reading "The Happy Police Horse." The children's book was written by Lieutenant Rich Anselmi of our Mounted Patrol Unit and illustrated by Deputy Mateo Montoya-Collis. It's our honor to share it with you. Enjoy!

Support our K-9s

Do you collect challenge coins? Well, how about a K-9 poker chip instead! Back The Blue K-9 Force, a non-profit which funds new equipment for our police dogs, is selling porcelain poker chips with our K-9s on them. You can purchase them in person at the location/times listed below. The cost is $5 each or $35 for a set of all 7 of our dogs.

If you can't make it in person, please email Diane Lewis at dianenebr@gmail.com and she will make sure you get one. Thank you for supporting our K-9s.

  • March 6 from 2:30-4:30pm
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Headquarters - main parking lot, 13101 E. Broncos Pkwy, Centennial
  • March 7 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Culvers - parking lot, 10440 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial

Want to join our award-winning agency?

We currently have 5 job openings for:

  1. Deputy Sheriff - Patrol
  2. Deputy Sheriff - Detentions
  3. 911 Dispatcher
  4. Detention Crew Leader
  5. Volunteer Victim Advocate

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We care about our rural residents! If you live in the central or eastern part of Arapahoe County and you're over 65 years old, you can now get a free COVID-19 vaccine. We've partnered with Tri-County Health, local healthcare providers and the I-70 corridor fire departments to ensure you've got access. You must register and schedule an appointment. The free vaccine is also being offered to school district employees and licensed child care providers.
A beautiful sunset shot of our fire truck at Cherry Creek State Park last month. This photo was taken on day three of a large grass fire which firefighters were working to suppress. The Arapahoe Wildland Fire Team assisted South Metro Fire Rescue on the call.