|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1941|
As the story goes, George Kaltenberger received a bullet wound as he was in the bathroom in the lower level of the city hall (now serving as council chambers). His gun belt slipped off a nail. The gun fell to the floor and discharged. The bullet entered his abdomen and continued through his body and lodged in a water pipe. This happened on May 31st, 1941. A desk Sergeant heard his moans and immediately called for help. He was taken to Beth-el hospital (now Memorial) where many struggled to save his life. Officers from CSPD donated blood and kept a constant vigil for him and to console his wife. The wound got the best of him at 5am on June 12, 1941 and he passed away.
Detective Kaltenberger joined the Colorado Springs Police Department on June 11, 1917. He was one of few officers that joined after Old Colorado City was annexed by the city of Colorado Springs in 1917. John Rowan (also buried in Everrgreen) was another. In 1918, George had asked for a leave of absence to join the Army and join troops in WWI. He later returned to finish a 24 year career with the police department in 1919. He was one of the first people to graduate from the school of military instruction in radio at Colorado College. He served time in that year to the Mexican border to serve with the 11th division signal corp. He then was sent to France.
His "beat" was the alley to the rear of 13 ˝ E. Colorado Ave. He was working one day when he thought he saw 3 men on a roof of a building that housed the Buckwald Jewelry store. He was shot at and returned fire. Two of the men ran away but one, Danny Daniels, was trapped in the area formally known as the National Café. The trio had been trying to enter through a wall to enter the jewelry store and rob the safe. A fire fight with Danny Daniels ensued and ended when George, in a feat of heroism, entered the building with a machine gun. Daniels gave up and was put into Colorado Prison. Daniels led a bloody riot in October 1929.
On July 7, 1936 George was promoted to detective. Six months later he was also promoted to sergeant. He was a very well liked officer with citizens as well as his fellow officers. Always seen with a smile on his face and general good humor, he was a recognized expert marksman and expert with firearms.
George had lived in Colorado Springs for 27 years. His wife was Nora Kaltenberger. His son, George Kaltenberger Jr. worked at the Colorado Interstate Gas Company. The family lived at 1521 N. Weber St.
Nora L Lamb Kaltenberger (1893 - 1956)*
Note: husband of Nora
El Paso County
Plot: section 236
Created by: Ingrid Mcdonald
Record added: Sep 01, 2011
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