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BELL GUARD PROFILE: JOE DEMPSEY

JOE DEMPSEY, AT RIGHT, WITH ANOTHER VETERAN PREPARING TO TOLL THE HONOR BELL ON THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE OF WORLD WAR ONE.

“Every veteran past and present, draftee or volunteer, gave up part of their lives; went places, and did things people their age who did not serve will never understand. They lost brothers and sisters; they grew up too fast. God bless them all.”
                                                                          — Joe Dempsey

Joe came to us from the Air Force, by way of the New York Police Department and the Arapahoe Sheriff’s office. In the military he served as an aero-medical technician, in the flight surgeon’s office, and in the aerospace rescue and recovery squadron. He’s married and has two daughters and a son. In addition to volunteering with the Bell Guard, Joe instructs first responders.

The Bell Guard renders Bell Honors to any veteran interred at Fort Logan, at the request of the family, nearly every day of the year. He likes being able to honor his brothers and sisters who served. 

“At times, we are — along with the service honor guard — the only ones present for the deceased,” Joe says of his service at Fort Logan with the Bell Guard. “The Honor Bell is important in recognizing those who served our great nation.”

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