Gardner Honors Fallen Colorado State Patrol Corporal

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of fallen Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves whose watch ended during a horrible tragedy on March 13th, 2019.


NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s remarks here.


Remarks as prepared for delivery:


Madam President, I rise today to honor an officer of the Colorado State Patrol who was killed in the line of duty on March 13th.


As other members of this chamber know, many parts of the country were hit hard by a ‘bomb cyclone’ storm system last month, and again today we’re going through another spring storm. That storm caused flooding in much of the Midwest and extremely hazardous road conditions in my state leading to thousands of stranded drivers.


State Patrol Corporal Daniel Howard Groves, like many first responders that day, was attempting to aid a driver who had slid off the road when he was struck by a passing vehicle.


Corporal Groves was 52 years old. He leaves behind a large and loving family including his parents, his partner Eddie, his four siblings, and many more. We know his family will continue to honor his sacrifice and ensure that his legacy lives on. 


Corporal Groves joined the Colorado State Patrol in 2007 after leaving a career in the technology services industry in Chicago. His family and friends remember him as a man with a tremendous capacity to love and care for others. He was a man of humor who wasn’t afraid to crack a joke just to make people smile. According to a fellow officer, he once arrived to training wearing pajamas instead of the required police sweats.


At a memorial service honoring his life, a longtime friend spoke about the encouragement and advice that Dan was known for. He always encouraged others to follow their dreams no matter how big. He often spoke of the importance of family and friendship, and the need to make time to enjoy life with others.


His fellow officers remembered him as a man who was drawn to service because of his desire to help. Someone who always knew the risks inherent in the job but never let that deter him from doing what needed to be done.


One colleague who spoke at the memorial remembered Corporal Groves as someone who frequently asked “where do you need me to be?” He always wanted to be in the spot where he could be most effective, no matter the danger involved.


Even on the morning of the 13th as the weather was taking a turn for the worst, Corporal Groves knew there were drivers on the roads who needed his help and, as many law enforcement officers did that day, bravely ventured out to offer assistance. 


This quality makes for a great law enforcement officer, but is sadly the quality we often take most for granted.


We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Dan and to all first responders who are willing to put their lives on the line to assist those in times of need.


I know my colleagues in the Senate will join me in offering our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Corporal Groves, and all those who defend that thin blue line.


As I have had to do too many times in this chamber, I remember the words of Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman who said,


“American law enforcement is the loyal and brave sheep dog, always standing watch for the wolf that lurks in the dark”

I drive by the spot that Corporal Groves was killed at least two or three times a week, and he will always be in my prayers along with his family for his sacrifice.


It is my hope that the thoughts and prayers that we all offer to those who wear the blue uniform will bring them comfort as they carry out their solemn duties.


Madam President I yield the floor.  




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.