Public Safety agencies in Mesa County know what three quick tone bursts on their radios mean; It means something serious is going on and everyone not involved in that situation needs to stay off the radio. Those three tones were heard a year ago this morning when Mesa County Deputy Derek Geer was shot and killed by a juvenile suspect he was trying to take into custody. This morning those three tones were heard once again on Mesa County public safety radios. Not because of an emergency, but in honor of Deputy Geer and his service. Deputy Geer was a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He left behind a wife and two young children. He was an organ donor and he was kept on life support long enough for his organs to be harvested.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office gave us permission to share this morning’s broadcast:
Transcript of the broadcast: “All units, Code 1 Air is called in honor of Deputy Derek Geer, 2373, who was fatally shot on February 8th, 2016 while answering a call to duty. Deputy Geer gave his life while serving his community with courage and valor. The men and women of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, all public safety agencies and your dispatchers are forever grateful and prooud to have served with Deputy Geer. We will never forget his ultimate sacrifice.”
“All units, break for a moment of silence.”
[30 second pause]
“Deputy Derek Geer, may you rest in peace and know that your honor will continue within all of us. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Code 1 Air is lifted. Dispatch Clear.”