GJ police mourn death of veteran commander

Grand Junction Police Department Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher admires a selection of a toy at Target by 7-year-old Jadyn Willburn of Clifton during Shop with a Cop at Mesa Mall in this December 2010 file photo.

Law enforcement in Grand Junction is mourning the death of longtime Grand Junction Police Department Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher, who died last night at his home.

Assenmacher was exercising when he collapsed, while his youngest daughter, Madison, called 911 “and made a heroic effort at CPR” aside from those by responding paramedics, Police Chief John Camper wrote in an e-mail Tuesday night, announcing the loss to his staff.

“His commitment to solving crime and making Grand Junction a safer city will not soon be matched,” Camper wrote. “Most importantly, we all knew him as one of the kindest and most giving men that we have had the pleasure of knowing. He will be deeply missed for years to come.”

Assenmacher had served with the police department since 1981, volunteering along with the way to work with Mesa County Crime Stoppers, JUCO, Western Colorado Honor Flight for World War II veterans, among other activities. Among accomplishments, Assenmacher spearheaded an effort in 2007 to review a series of Grand Junction cold case murders, which resulted in the 2010 conviction of Jerry Nemnich for the 1975 slaying of Linda Benson and her daughter, Kelley Ketchum.

Funeral services are pending, Camper said.

Assenmacher is survived by his wife, Deletha, and daughters, Haley and Madison.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.



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Condolences to the family.  He was a good guy and an asset to our community.

Greg, you will be missed! You have truly been a tribute to your profession!

I had the pleasure of coaching baseball with Greg.  He was a real quality stand-up guy.  The world is a better place because of people like Greg Assenmacher.  He will be missed.

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