Post office renamed in honor of officer killed in Boulder King Soopers shooting – The Denver Post


When Eric Talley was 4, his mother watched in horror as he climbed higher and higher up a tree to rescue a kitten.

Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley (Boulder Police Department / Courtesy photo)
Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley (Boulder Police Department / Courtesy photo)

Her heart pounded as the tree branches snapped beneath him, but, thinking only of the cat, Eric Talley pressed higher, until the cat was nestled safely in his arms.

Eric was also known to stop traffic simply to let a dog cross the street, said his mom, Judy Talley.

So when she heard that her son was the first on-scene the day of a shooting in south Boulder, she was not surprised.

“Eric never met a stranger,” Judy Talley said. “This is not just how Eric died. This is my son. This is how Eric lived his whole life.”

Thursday morning Judy Talley spoke about Eric during a private event held to formally rename Boulder’s 15th Street post office the Officer Eric H. Talley Post Office Building, after her son, who was among the 10 people killed in the shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers. About 45 people attended the private event.

During the event, Judy thanked the Boulder Police Department and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, for honoring their words when they told her, “Eric Talley will never be forgotten.”

Judy Talley, the mother of Eric Talley, and Kirstin Talley, Eric's sister, on Thursday lay their hands on a plaque dedicating the Boulder post office to the memory of their son and brother, a police officer who was killed while responding to the March 2021 mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers in Boulder. (Photo by Jintak Han/The Denver Post)
Judy Talley, the mother of Eric Talley, and Kirstin Talley, Eric’s sister, on Thursday lay their hands on a plaque dedicating the Boulder post office to the memory of their son and brother, a police officer who was killed while responding to the March 2021 mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers in Boulder. (Photo by Jintak Han/The Denver Post)

“I felt you were being kind, but I was wrong,” she said.

Judy acknowledged Neguse for his work to introduce the bill to rename the post office in May 2021. The bill was enacted after it was signed by President Joe Biden in March.



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