Fallen trooper's wife plans to spread ashes at Mount Falcon in honor of his birthday

Posted at 5:19 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 20:50:13-04

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Scoping out mountains for the right spot to say goodbye is something fallen trooper Cody Donahue's wife never thought she would do.

“I never imagined that I would be driving out there looking for a spot to let my husband go,” said Velma Donahue.

But it's time to spread his ashes.

“His wish was to be set free in the mountains,” said Mrs. Donahue, who plans to spread the ashes on Mount Falcon.

Last year, while working a crash, Trooper Donahue was hit and killed by a truck driver. The terrifying door knock from the trooper’s captain still haunts her.

“He looked at me with the most devastating look, and he said I'm sorry he is gone,” said Mrs. Donahue.

Through the grief, Donahue’s family pushed for stiffer penalties. In May, the governor signed the “Move Over for Cody” law, which made it a felony to hit and kill a first responder.

“I didn't want anyone else to ever suffer,” she said.

Mrs. Donahue calls the law unpopular, but she's determined to change that view in the community with flyers and wristbands. 

On Saturday, a memorial roping fundraising will be held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. to help raise money for both the Donahue family and the family of fallen trooper Jamie Jursevics.