Honoring and Supporting Our Veterans
Spotlighting employees who serve their community and their country
On Monday, Nov. 11, the City of Boulder will be closed to honor the service of veterans. We owe our gratitude to all who have served or are currently serving in the United States Military.
In honor of Veterans Day, we spotlight a few City of Boulder veterans and extend a huge thank you to them -- and all of the other veterans and their families who have sacrificed for their community and their country.
Firefighter Lance Day
Lance’s desire to serve and protect Boulder as well as defend freedom and democracy around the world has always been a big part of who he is.
The father of two and husband to another Colorado veteran is also a Denver Police Officer in district six. He has been deployed on active duty three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and multiple humanitarian efforts throughout the western pacific. He recently re-enlisted for a fourth time as a Petty Officer First Class with the U.S. Navy.
Based on Lance’s nomination, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Fire Chief Mike Calderazzo with a Patriot Award last year, highlighting the City of Boulder’s unconditional support of active City of Boulder military members.
One of the most notable and unique ways the City provides support is through Differential Pay for Military Service. The benefit provides standard employees who are on duty with the difference between their military and city base rate of pay for up to 24 months.
Police Officer Reed Hoppus
Reed comes from a military family, including both grandparents who served in the U.S. Navy.
As a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, he often spends weeks at a time away from work on exercises protecting the nation in Japan, Qatar or Afghanistan. His nomination recognizing the City of Boulder Police Department's grace, understanding, and support of several military members (Reservist and National Guard) within its ranks resulted in a second Patriot Award from ESGR.
Here in Boulder, Reed is ready to protect the community, “I answer police calls for service on someone’s worst day. I want to be there for them when they’re in need of help.”
Community Vitality Business Services Coordinator Eric Davis
Following in his father’s footsteps, Eric enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001, where he served as a Military Police Officer. He deployed globally in support of Operation Enduring Freedom until sustaining an injury in 2006, which resulted in his honorable discharge.
Eric has since worked as a Federal Police Sergeant for the Department of Veterans Affairs, eventually becoming an FBI trained crisis negotiator and working as part of a Los Angeles County task force.
After relocating to Colorado and obtaining his Private Investigator II license, he worked as a consultant and recently earned his MBA from Colorado State University. He joined the City of Boulder in 2019.
He shared, "There's a wonderful sense of familiarity and caring here in the city – it’s almost like a family. It's a very warm and supportive culture that fosters great employee morale."