Fallen Officer Inspired Police Cadet Graduate

Fallen Officer Inspired Police Cadet Graduate

Press Release: Dec. 19, 2022

Colorado Springs – Dec. 19, 2022– Sam Dunbar was so inspired by a police officer's actions during the Boulder King Soopers shooting last year that he decided to attend Pikes Peak State's Law Enforcement Academy to become a police officer. His graduation takes place this Thursday.

On the day a gunman began shooting people at the  Boulder King Soopers grocery store, Eric Talley, a well-liked and respected member of the police department, ran into the building, saving many lives before he was fatally shot by the suspect.

Sam Dunbar knew his calling the moment he saw the news. Dunbar was nearly finished with real estate  school and about to get his license but put all that aside.  He was inspired by the actions of Eric Talley that day and decided to serve his community and become a police officer.

Dunbar will be graduating this Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Fall 2022 Graduation Ceremony, which will take place at the Centennial Campus Theater, Pikes Peak State College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Attending the ceremony will be Leah Talley, Eric's widow. She looks forward to being able to congratulate Officer Dunbar and celebrate his new career.

A small group from the Boulder Police Department will also be attending the ceremony and presenting Sam with a challenge coin.

Dunbar has been hired by the Woodland Park Police Department and his Chief, Chris Deisler will be a guest speaker that evening and has requested to pin Sam and a second cadet, Spencer Van Camp, who has also been hired by his agency.

The local media is invited to attend the ceremony.

About Pikes Peak State College
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Pikes Peak offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and three bachelors’ degrees. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPSC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to more than 18,000 students annually with both credit and non-credit classes.
Event contact:
Cathy LaBrecque MSM
Director, Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy
Business, Public Service & Social Sciences Division
Office:  719-502-3528