Ousted Basalt cop a man of dignity | AspenTimes.com

Ousted Basalt cop a man of dignity

Dear Editor:

Although it was reported a couple of weeks ago, I feel compelled to write this letter. The article published regarding the alleged use of force and subsequent resignation of my husband, Officer Ryan Millbern, was unfairly one-sided and sadly inaccurate, in my humble opinion.

For those of you in the Roaring Fork Valley and Vail Valley who have known and/or worked with Ryan over the past 10 years, he is a loyal friend with a great sense of humor, quick wit and passion for all that he does.

For those of you who do not know my husband, he is an amazing man, father and law enforcement officer. During his career, he has dedicated himself to upholding the law to the best of his ability by attending over 1,500 hours of specialized training, catching countless fugitives with tireless effort, protecting our black bear population by writing an ordinance and implementing a successful bear mitigation program, and visiting with over 2,000 school children with his K9, Star.

Ryan is a highly decorated officer, having earned numerous awards for his community service including two prestigious Silver Medals of Valor and a Bronze Medal of Merit. He is a true gentleman in his personal life as well as in his professional life. In an often violent, dangerous and thankless occupation, he treats all he encounters with compassion and respect and serves his community with honor and integrity. He was truly a valuable asset to the town he so briefly served and I am saddened by the unkind words spoken about his character.

Ryan’s 3-year-old daughter adores her father and knows that he gets the “bad guys” and keeps us all safe. She says she wants to grow up to be a “po-po” like daddy someday. If she does grow up to protect and serve, and is half the officer her father is, I will be damned proud.

Christina Millbern


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