Jeremy was a member of the Englewood Police Department. He had 8 years of service in law enforcement.
He was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop at the intersection of South Broadway Street and East Belleview Avenue at approximately 12:05 am. During the initial stop he had the driver exit the vehicles. As the two stood in the roadway next to the car, a drunk driver sideswiped Officer Bitner's patrol car and then struck him and the other driver, throwing them both approximately 50 feet. A witness to the collision called 911 and followed the drunk driver as he fled the scene in his vehicle. Officers from the Littleton Police Department arrested him several minutes after the crash due to the witness' actions.
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jeremy and for
his children, who have
lost their father.
Officer Bitner and the citizen who were struck were both transported to Swedish Medical Center in critical condition. Officer Bitner succumbed to his injuries approximately 11 hours later.
Jeremy was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in Bosnia. He had served with the Englewood Police Department for 7-1/2 years and had previously served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for six months.
Police officials stated that Jeremy was a fine young man and was well loved by everyone in the Department. He had previously received two department medals for bravery. He was often the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. He was a family man who loved his kids.
Jeremy is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and two children, ages 9 and 7.
Pray for all who die in the line of duty.
Let us pray that Jeremy Bitner is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.