Published: Sept. 10, 2021

On behalf of the entire CU Boulder Police Department, I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the families of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks and the millions of lives impacted since that day. Twenty years have passed, but time does not heal all wounds, and grief lives in our hearts. Your loved ones will never be forgotten.

Chief Doreen Jokerst

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the first responders who rushed into danger that awful day, in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. It’s a calling to be in this profession—to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Many of those first responders gave their lives to help others, and their efforts will never be forgotten. 

On that day, I was attending a police training in Denver, and had been an officer for just three years. I watched in horror along with the rest of the world as first responders put aside their fear and ran toward danger with one goal: to help save lives. Our training turned into a gathering of law enforcement officials watching these selfless acts unfold as the towers collapsed. Their bravery will never be forgotten.

Law enforcement officers and first responders understand the risks and rely on the support of our families and community members as we head to work each day. Many of the brave men and women who responded to the attacks on our nation on 9/11 didn’t get to return home. They didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. Their selfless acts of heroism will never be forgotten.

We salute them today, and every day, as we follow in their footsteps to serve and protect.

Chief Doreen Jokerst, CU Boulder Police