While El Paso County sheriff's deputies attend Deputy Micah Flick's funeral Saturday to say "we've got the watch from here," other county agencies will step up to take first watch for their brothers in gray.
In a show of support and solidarity, an "overwhelming" number of Colorado Springs and Fountain police officers volunteered to cover sheriff's patrol routes in addition to their own cities.
"The intent is to have the county as covered as possible to make sure every deputy can attend the funeral," Fountain Sgt. Scott Gilbertsen said.
Agencies also will cover shifts at the county jail so those staff members can attend the service, EPSO spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said.
"Usually, law enforcement has no time to process a death because dispatch still has to operate dispatch, deputies still have to respond to calls of service, the jail still needs to be manned," Kirby said. "We have no words to express our gratitude for other agencies who have stepped up to allow us to take time to honor Micah and focus on him and nothing else. Law enforcement doesn't always have that luxury."
The move is a testament to the close relationships the county agencies share, and also a reality of policing today, CSPD spokesman Lt. Howard Black said.
"Life continues, like yesterday with this attempted murder," Black said, referring to a shooting at El Vecino Apartments Thursday morning.
But while CSPD said it would offer the same support to any agency in need, "This is much different," Black said. "This is our home."
"One of our officers was seriously injured, and we lost an El Paso County deputy," Black said. "We have families that are really hurting, so we need to help in any way we can."
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