Fire trucks from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe lined up at the entrance to the Delta City Cemetery last Friday, in tribute to Ben Martinez, a resident of Delta. Martinez retired from the Delta Volunteer Fire Department in May 2016 after 20 years of service. He died July 31, 2017, at the age of 62. At the Delta Center for Performing Arts, first responders including Martinez's fellow firefighters, stood respectfully during a celebration of life. Many wiped away tears as memories were shared. Martinez's survivors include a daughter, Emily.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.