Colorado History

History of the Colorado Guardian Angels

The Colorado Guardian Angels graduated their first class of local safety patrol volunteers March 20th 1994. Over 350 applicants applied and 34 completed the four and a half month training program in citizen’s arrest law; physical arrest restraints, verbal deescalation and first aid.. It was the largest graduating class of any Guardian Angels’ class ever!
The Colorado Guardian Angels met with neighborhood associations, and after receiving approval from Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods focused patrols in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood.
Since 1994 over 700 Colorado Guardian Angels volunteers have been trained to respond to any emergency they see. All Guardian Angels take a pledge to come to the aid of anyone in distress whether in uniform or out.
The Colorado Guardian Angels have received commendations from the Denver City Council, the Denver Mayor’s office and the Community Affairs Division of the U.S. State Department.
The Colorado Guardian Angels have trained neighborhood groups to conduct their own safety patrols of their own neighborhoods in Aurora, Boulder and Denver.

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The Guardian Angels take steps every night to make the streets of Denver safer.They started their Mile High journey more than a decade ago, thanks to Denver chapter founder Sebastian Metz.

“Our mission is essentially to try to provide a friendly face out there on the streets,” Metz said.

In January 2005, when Metz’s heart failed him, it affected his speech and mobility, but not his desire to help others.

“His energy was like, ‘I want to get back. I want to get back to the group.

I want to get back to my family,’” said Guardian Angel Sandra Barbero.

“No. 1, I have a young son now and I can say, ‘Look at this, your dad stood for something,’” said Metz. Metz has stood up for others for more than 22 years.

While he no longer patrols with the other Guardian Angels, he believes more than ever that daring to care is what life is all about.

“I plan to go until my last breath. I mean, I’m sure I’ll be buried in a red and white coffin,” he said.