COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s been 10 years since Colorado Springs police officer Ken Jordan was killed in the line of duty.
It happened late in the night on December 4, 2006. Jordan, a DUI officer, responded to help two other officers with a traffic stop. As he approached the stopped car to evaluate the suspect of driving under the influence, the driver pulled out a handgun and opened fire, hitting Officer Jordan multiple times. Even though he was wearing a bulletproof vest, several rounds struck unprotected areas of his body.
His killer eventually went to prison for life.
Officer Jordan is remembered as an adventurer and lover of the outdoors. Originally from Illinois, he moved to the area after joining CSPD. Fellow officers remember him having an infectious smile and sharp sense of humor.
To honor Officer Jordan’s life and work, the Ken Jordan Award for Excellence in DUI Enforcement was created. Every year it’s given to DUI officers in El Paso County.
The Ken Jordan Park was also built in his honor.
A plaque still sits near the place where Officer Jordan was shot. CSPD says it serves as a reminder of what can be lost in the blink of an eye.
It’s been a decade since he made his final stop and the community has not forgotten.