Former Teller County Sheriff Frank Fehn dies

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Former Teller County Sheriff Frank Fehn died in his sleep at home April 23 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Fehn and his wife, Lucile Fehn, had moved from Woodland Park to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. after each retired, she as a Teller County commissioner.

Fehn was appointed to the position of sheriff in 1997 after Guy Grace resigned. Fehn was subsequently elected in 1998, retiring after serving one term. Before becoming sheriff, Fehn was the Teller County coroner.

Fehn sealed his reputation as a leader when he staged the raid on the Texas Seven hiding out at the Coachlight trailer park in Jan. 2001. While one of the seven killed himself that day, Fehn and his deputies captured four while two fled to Colorado Springs.

The seven were wanted on armed robbery as well as murder of a Texas police office in Irving, Tex.

“Frank was a great person and an excellent law enforcement-professional,” said Kevin Dougherty, who served as Fehn’s undersheriff before serving two terms as the county’s top law enforcer.

In addition to becoming a hero during the Texas Seven raid, Fehn led evacuation and rescue operations the next year during the Hayman Fire of June 2002, Dougherty said.

The family plans a memorial service at Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, with burial at Ft. Logan Cemetery in Denver.

The date of the services is to be announced.