Colorado Rangers deployed after Marshall Fire – meet 2 of them

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) – A group of Colorado Rangers are deployed to Louisville to help assist in the aftermath of the Marshall Fire.

Patrolling and protecting Louisville, Colorado Rangers officers are much like the local police. However, they come from local communities across Colorado with the nation’s first statewide police reserve.

“We are ordinary citizens. We are like everyone else, we are just certified and qualified to be police officers,” said Captain Idilio Moncivais.

They may be ordinary citizens in their minds, but extraordinary neighbors to others when they learn that policing isn’t always their full-time job.

“I’m actually a Ph.D. in applied statistics,” Moncivais said. “I’m the chief data architect for a very large tech company, but we’re doing this because we love it. We love helping our community and we are qualified and certified to do so.

The Colorado Rangers were established in 1861 and “served as Colorado’s first statewide law enforcement agency until the 1920s”. From now on, the association calls on volunteers.

“I’m the COO of an international education company, we train medical professionals,” Sgt. said Paula Gurak.

Serving as certified officers is what Colorado Rangers officers do to give back to agencies across the state, where and when needed. The time they take away from their full-time career: the nights, the weekends spent serving, they do it for free.

“Being able to go out and do the work, working alongside brothers and sisters who do this work on a daily basis has been something that I appreciate and will continue to do for as long as I can,” Gurak said. Gurak was a full-time police officer for the Eaton Police Department in the early 1990s.

“I was looking to get involved again, I wasn’t done,” she said.

Moncivais followed in the footsteps of his father, who was a policeman in Mexico for 50 years.

“I was an army officer in Mexico,” Moncivais said. “I went to the equivalent of West Point there and when I retired we went to the States”

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