June 21, 2019
Brighton, CO — The Postal Service held a dedication ceremony at the Brighton Armory on June 21, 2019 in honor of Detective Heath McDonald Gumm, who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance call in the Thornton area. This ceremony renamed the facility located at 90 North 4th Avenue in Brighton, Colorado, as “Detective Heath McDonald Gumm, Post Office Building.”
Speakers included Keven Vargas from Congressman Crow’s office, Former Congressman Mike Coffman, Postal Inspector in Charge Bill Hedrick and USPS Colorado/Wyoming District Manager Kevin Romero.
On May 15, 2018, then Congressman Mike Coffman introduced House Resolution 5792. Unanimous support from a state’s congressional delegation is required for the movement of naming bills to the floor of the House and Senate and is then signed by the President of the United States to become law.
The Postal Service worked with the office of Congressman Crow, Former Congressman Mike Coffman, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Brighton community to host the event.
On Wednesday, January, 24, 2018, Adams County Deputy Heath McDonald Gumm was killed while responding to a disturbance call in the Thornton, Colo. Area. He was awarded the “Distinguished Service Medal” by Adams County Sheriff’s Department in 2017 and was posthumously promoted to rank of detective. He left behind a wife and family.