Community celebrates fallen Rio Rancho officer’s birthday

Benner Benefit
Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A special event was held Thursday evening to celebrate fallen Rio Rancho Officer Greg Benner’s 50th birthday.

Officer Benner’s wife, Julie, and dozens of others released 50 balloons in memory of Officer Benner.

Officer Benner was shot to death during a traffic stop in May.

Julie says the community support is what keeps her going.

“Whether he’s here or not it’s still his 50th birthday and I really wanted to celebrate his life. We’ve had so many memorials which are amazing and give him a lot of honor, but this was a celebration of his life,” said his wife.

Julie was also presented with a flag from Officer Benner’s cadet class as well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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