KUSA TV reported that Officer Teeter jumped into the water for a swim and was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim back to the boat.
The Denver Police Department posted the news on its Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Officer Joseph Teeter passed away yesterday, while boating with his longtime girlfriend at Lake McConaughy. Joseph served the citizens of Denver for 11 years, most recently at District 6. He was a great man, friend and officer. Joseph leaves behind two daughters and an extensive blue family.
Joseph was a great addition to our department, an asset to our community and he will be sorely missed. Godspeed, friend…”
Peyton Teeter, who identified herself as the daughter of Officer Teeter, also commented under the Denver Police’s post.
**“**Rest in Paradise daddy,” Peyton wrote. “We will see you again one day. It wasn’t your time to go. Ashton and I love you very much and will forever carry your legacy. bless every single one of you that care about my Father.
“He was a great man. Passionate about his job, life, and family. Never did he intentionally want to hurt anyone. He was strong, loving, and reliable. We are thankful for all the good you did for Ashton and I as well as the community. Now you Rest In Peace. Love you so much daddy!
-Peyton Grace Teeter.”
Officer Teeter worked for the Denver Police Department for 11 years. Officer Teeter leaves behind two daughters.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Joseph Teeter, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.