The following is a eulogy from “True Blue Warrior”. Officer Celena Hollis, 32, was gunned down while trying to break up a fight (details below). Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Ofc. Hollis had been Saving, Serving and Protecting the People for more than 11 years. Celena was focused. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, she knew she wanted to make her tiny corner of the world better and safer for her baby to grow up ... and the best way to do that was to become a Police Officer.
Our Warrior Sister began her calling in the city of Detroit working as a Patrol Officer. She was a very determined and dedicated Officer and simply loved the work. Celena was a black female trying to make a difference in the toughest of environments. She was not to be deterred. Being a natural born Leader, her tiny corner of the world grew larger as this amazing woman took on much more ...
Our Sister moved to Colorado with her daughter, and on October 3, 2005, began training with the Denver PD. On January 6, 2006, Ofc. Hollis began rollin' and patrollin' the streets of Denver ... and her fellow Officers and citizens gained so much from this True Blue Warrior. Celena was a very happy and proud woman, though she remained incredibly humble. Her co-workers loved being around her. Her positive attitude and love of life was contagious. She smiled all the time and one could not but help smile along with her. Being a black female, she worked extra hard at showing everyone she could be tough and able whenever called upon. Assigned to District 2 and a member of the Street Crimes Attack Team (S.C.A.T.),
Ofc. Hollis knew how to 'reach and teach' the people with tolerance, but with toughness when needed. Celena had this incredible sense of compassion as well that saved a life of a despondent citizen on more than one occasion. She loved working community events, such as the Jazz festival she was working this fateful night. A detail she has taken many times in the past year. And Ofc. Hollis was the perfect one for these events as she was so good at calming the masses. She had that "it" factor. Celena's spirit and dedication was so well-respected by her peers and her work earned Ofc. Hollis numerous commendations. But her devotion did not stop at the duties of her agency.
Celena took great pride in her heritage and used her smarts and experience to the betterment of all Officers. Celena had become a member of, and then President of, the Denver Black Police Officer's Organization, where she worked hard to ensure 'opportunity, equality and education'. Nothing meant more to our Sister and her calling with the exception of one ... her daughter.
Celena loved nothing more than spending quality time with her child and she was certainly teaching by example of what it truly means to Live As Only A Hero Could. This is a Police Officer, A Woman, A Mother who is going to be tremendously missed by so very many and so few will ever forget the day she Gave Her Life As Only A Warrior Dare ...
Officer Hollis was in full uniform working a detail at the weekly Jazz In The Park concert venue. It is a detail she took quite often and had become very well-known to the music lovers. Just after 2000hours, a fight broke out between two groups of people. Ofc. Hollis went to go do what she did best, diffuse a tense situation. But the fight had already become so heated and someone took out a gun and fired several rounds. One of those bullets hit our Warrior Sister in the head.
A chaotic scene ensued. People running and ducking for cover. Fellow Officers came running to the aid of their downed sister and tried feverishly to help save her. An ambulance arrived and rushed Celena to the hospital. But this was to be her final battle ... a short time later, Police Officer Celena Hollis succumbed.
Celena leaves behind her beloved daughter Amyre (12), parents and sister. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hollis family, the Men and Women of the Denver PD, the Detroit PD and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero. We must vow to never let her daughter forget how much her mom was loved and respected and all the work she did for so many.
Our Sister, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come ... In Our Sister's Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Ma'am.
Rest In Peace Police Officer Celena Hollis ... We have the watch from here. SALUTE!
Courtesy of Nessie for True Blue Warriors.org
Denver Police Department Colorado
Police Officer Celena Hollis - 11+ year LE veteran
End Of Watch: 06-24-12
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 1100 hours at –
Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 E. Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80113
Interment follows at –
430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247
Donations for Officer Hollis’ daughter and family can be made to –
Celena Hollis Memorial Fund
Account Number 23012705
Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement FCU
700 W. 39th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216