By the time Kate Geer arrived at the hospital, it was too late. Her husband, Mesa County sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer, had been shot several times by a teenager and was lying in a hospital bed. Doctors told her that the loving, selfless man she had built a life with was gone. There was nothing more they could do.“My friend kept coaxing me to talk to him,” Kate Geer recounted in an interview Friday. “But I couldn’t. Inside, I knew he was already gone. There was nothing to be done except to donate his organs.” Now, 10 months after the February shooting that killed Geer, his decision to be an organ donor has provided the family he left behind with four bittersweet ways to remember — and in a way continue — the fallen officer’s life.
December 11, 2016