Briefs, July 30, 2019

Four children escape house fire in Whitewater

Four children and the family dog escaped a raging house fire Monday afternoon in Whitewater, but the family of six is now without a home.

Lands End Fire Chief Brian Lurvey said the house is a total loss. The children were reportedly at home when the fire started, possibly in the garage, before all made their way out to safety.

At 8 p.m., firefighters were still putting out hot spots, according to the department.

Lurvey said the family has other family members in the area and that Red Cross is also helping.

East Orchard Mesa, Palisade and the Grand Junction fire departments all responded to the scene. As many as four engines were used, as well as a brush truck and a couple water tenders.

Lurvey said the fire is under investigation,.

Montrose Post office renamed for slain officer

A United States Postal Service facility in Montrose has been renamed the Sergeant David Kinterknecht Post Office Building after a ceremony last week honoring the Montrose Police Department's fallen officer.

Kinterknecht lost his life in the line of duty on July 25, 2009, while responding to a domestic violence call, according to the press release from Montrose. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three stepsons.

"Today we memorialize Sgt. David Kinterknecht by renaming the Montrose United States Post Office in his honor," Montrose Mayor Dave Bowman said ahead of the ceremony.

"A grateful community recognizes Sgt. Kinterknecht and his family for their sacrifice but in a larger sense by bestowing an honor in the memory of Sgt. Kinterknecht, a grateful nation pays homage to all law enforcement (members) past, present, and future. They are dedicated professionals who every day put their lives on the line to preserve our safety and liberty," Bowman said.

Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said the renaming of the Montrose post office after Kinterknecht was "a great honor for a great man."

"He was a hero in our community and he is still missed today, 10 years later," he said.

"It is such a tribute to his memory that our post office will be named after David," the chief said.

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