Community Remembers Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday, hundreds of people came together honoring Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher, who passed away Jan. 29 of natural causes.
Everything said about Cmdr. Assenmacher had a common theme. He was a selfless man who put everybody else ahead of him, truly making a difference in this community. He impacted the city of Grand Junction and the people in it.
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Dan Rubinstein, said, "I imagine this will be the largest funeral I've ever been to and may ever go to. He was somebody who impacted every group, every organization he ever was part of or touched."
Assenmacher started at the Grand Junction Police Department in 1981, holding multiple positions throughout his career.
"Commander Assenmacher was one of the first people I met when I started working in the D.A.'s office in 1996. He was always excited to do the job. Every time you saw him he had a ear-to-ear grin," said Rubinstein.
Assenmacher was also a school resource officer, dedicated to making children's lives better. He was also heavily involved with the Western Slope Honor Flight, passionate about helping veterans.
"He loved to do the right thing, he loved to help people learn, loved to guide them. He was also on the JUCO committee with me, so I got to see him in a non law enforcement capacity as well," said Rubinstein.
Family and friends recalled stories of Assenmacher, expressing how he made the world a better place.
"He really put a face to law enforcement of just a positive person. Not just about making arrests, he was there to do good for the community and make the community a better place. He will definitely be missed," Rubinstein said.
While Commander Assenmacher is no longer with us, his mark on the community lives on.
He was 54 years old.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Haley and Madison Assenmacher Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank, and to the Western Slope Center for Children.