GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Longtime Grand Junction Police Department officer, Commander Greg Assenmacher, died Tuesday evening at home from natural causes.
He started his career with the GJPD in 1981 as a police officer, and had held nearly every position possible including narcotics investigator, detective, school resource officer, SWAT officer, bike team, community advocacy, and field training officer. He became a commander in 2003, and led numerous investigations. Some of his most recent high-profile cases include the 2006 Robert Burke bombings, the 2008 Fuji Massage bust, and the arrest of Jerry Nemnich in 2009 for the 30-year-old murders of Linda and Kelly Benson.
"The world needs more people like Greg Assenmacher," said GJPD Chief John Camper. "Commander Assenmacher has served as one of the most outstanding representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department that we have had. Through volunteer work, Crime Stoppers, JUCO, multiple Honor Flights for World War II veterans, and countless other outreach activities, his efforts on behalf of the citizens of this community are unparalleled. His commitment to solving crime and making Grand Junction a safer city will not soon be matched. Most important, 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 also received numerous awards and recognitions during his career, both from his colleagues within and outside the agency, and from members of the community.