Granby welcomes new police officer
The snowy cold and serene beauty of small town America are a long way from the hot and dusty streets of Las Vegas where Officer Jeff Heitzenrater started his career in law enforcement.
Now he’s patrolling the highways and byways around Granby, and while he jokes about dealing with the temperatures, he says he and his family are enjoying their new home very much. Heitzenrater was welcomed by the Granby Board of Trustees this week and has been serving the citizenry of Granby since the beginning of December.
The 33-year-old Brockway, Pa., native originally went to school for multi-media technology and editing but after moving to Las Vegas in his 20s he took a job working security for one of the city’s casinos. It wasn’t long before he was donning the badge of the North Las Vegas police force. He worked the wild streets of Las Vegas for seven years before turning his attention to Colorado.
“Vegas is a fun place to live and to work. It is pretty fast paced as far as policing goes,” said Heitzenrater. “But when I became a father I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter there.”
Heitzenrater said he has family in the state and started looking for openings at departments in the area. After interviewing with the Town of Granby in October, he and his wife Brandy moved to Grand County with their daughter in November.
“The cold weather really hit us the first week,” he said. “We got to town just before the snow hit and woke up to winter temperatures.”
The young family is taking it all in stride though.
“We are wearing plenty of layers,” he joked. “My wife loves it here. My daughter is constantly asking to go outside. Everybody has been great. I have not met anybody that has not been friendly or helpful.”
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