Sergeant Al Kidd remembered…

September 23, 1951 – March 15, 2013

The Central City Police Department family and the entire community of Central City lost a respected and popular colleague and friend when Sergeant Albert Taylor Kidd lost his short battle with cancer on March 15, 2013. Sergeant Kidd fought his cancer with the same energy, determination and bravery that he displayed throughout his life and his police career.

Sergeant Kidd served in the United States Air Force from 1970 until 1973 at the Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, achieving the rank of Sergeant before he was honorably discharged. Al continued his association with the United States Air Force Reserve as a Staff Sergeant from 1985 until 1993.

After his discharge from active duty with the United States Air Force, Sergeant Kidd joined the Aurora Police Department, achieving the rank of Senior Police Officer during a 20-year career from 1973 until 1993. Kidd worked assignments including patrol, field training, traffic accident investigations and vice and narcotics investigations. Kidd’s commitment to the youth in the Aurora community was particularly evident with his management of the Explorer Post, an organization that provides real law enforcement experiences and training for young adults interested in pursuing a law enforcement career.

When Sergeant Kidd retired from the Aurora Police Department, he joined the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a Deputy Sheriff from 1993 until 2002. During his career with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Al worked assignments in detentions, patrol and traffic investigations. As a Deputy Sheriff, Kidd became a driving instructor and an experienced traffic investigator. Once again, Kidd volunteered considerable time and energy to managing the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post for six years.

Following a short time working in the security field with the casino industry, Sergeant Kidd joined the Central City Police Department in October 2005 where he served until his death. In January 2012 Kidd was appointed to the position of Police Sergeant. After taking a brief personal leave, Al returned to the Central City Police Department in May 2012 as a Police Sergeant at a time when the police department had a critical need for an experienced supervisor to help manage the organization.

While a member of the Central City Police Department, Kidd was recognized for his outstanding performance in two incidents. In one incident in 2006, Kidd was awarded a Departmental commendation for lifesaving when he performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a non-responsive subject with no pulse or respiration. The paramedics who treated the subject said that the efforts of Kidd and other officers at the scene restored the subject’s heartbeat. In the other incident in 2010, Al was awarded the Central City Police Department’s Medal of Valor for his courageous performance during an officer-involved shooting of a suspect involved in the robbery of a casino.

Sergeant Kidd was as passionate about his community of Central City as he was about his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Sergeant Kidd’s active involvement in the Central City community was clear from his regular participation in Central City’s Halloween Trick or Treat Street event and the Central City Opera picnic. Sergeant Kidd either knew or was known by almost every resident in Central City, an accomplishment that was especially important to him.

Sergeant Kidd is survived by two daughters, Danielle VonFeldt and Nicole Gibbons; two sons, Troy Kidd and Ryan Kidd; three grandchildren, Trenton, Tatumn and Curran; five sisters; and two brothers. Sergeant Kidd’s funeral service will be on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Logan National Cemetery, area B at 4400 West Kenyon Avenue in Denver, Colorado. A celebration of Sergeant Kidd’s life will be held following the funeral on Friday, March 22, 2013 between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9644 at 2680 West Hampden Avenue in Englewood, Colorado. All of Sergeant Kidd’s many friends are invited to both the funeral and the celebration.

Donations in memory of Sergeant Kidd to assist his family with the cost of his medical care can be made to the attention of Lori at First National Bank, 7777 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial, Colorado 80112. Checks should be made payable to Penny J. McDaniel, FBO Albert T. Kidd. A notation should be entered in the memo line of a check indicating that the donation should be routed to the Albert T. Kidd Memorial Fund.

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