The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard is a joint Honor Guard formed in 2005 by several Deputies, Sergeants, and Lieutenants from both the MCSO and the Grand Junction Police Department. After the first year, Sergeant Anthony Lee from the MCSO took control of the group, a leadership position that he passed to Sergeant Lonnie Chavez of the GJPD in 2012. Sergeant Chavez currently oversees the Honor Guard's main activities. In the last few years, we have reached out to other local agencies to join us and have had participants from the Grand Junction Fire Department assist in presenting the flags at local events. The MCSO portion of the guard boasts members from both patrol and detentions.
Our Honor Guard was the first non-military guard to have presented the flags in the Colorado House of Representatives, an honor that was bestowed upon us on two different occasions by invitation of the General Assembly. We present the American flag, Colorado flag, and the state flags for the teams participating in the Junior College World Series (JUCO) Championship game held in Grand Junction each May. Twice each year we present the flags for the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy graduations, to honor those who will be serving with us in the near future. The Honor Guard has presided over one local line of duty funeral, for MCSO Deputy Derek Geer in February 2016.