Harold M. Bechtelheimer



Date of hire

1944-12-01 00:00

Academy Class


Patrolman Bechtelheimer was the first Colorado State Patrol Officer to be slain in the line of duty. While patroling Highway 85-87 North of Colorado Springs on September 14, 1949, he encountered a green Buick traveling Southbound at a high speed. Before Becktelheimer (Beck) approached Rickard McKenna, the driver, Daniel Valenzuela, the passenger, exited the car and came around the back of the car behind Beck. Beck spun around and struck Valenzuela with his flashlight. Valenzuela shot Beck in the chest and in the left arm. Beck returned to his Patrol car to call for help, before dying of his injuries. The two were apprehended later that evening North of Colorado Springs and were sentenced to life in prison.

Memorial service information

Interment: Pleasant View Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana  Grave Space 4, Second Edition, Lot 148

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