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El Paso County legislators offer moment of silence to honor Micah Flick

February 6, 2018 Updated: February 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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House lawmakers from El Paso County led the House in a moment of silence for Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick, who was killed in the line of duty Monday. L-R, Lundeen, Carver, Williams, Landgraf, Liston, Lee, Sandridge, Exum. (ColoradoPolitics.com)

The eight members of the Colorado House who represent El Paso County held a moment of silence Tuesday morning to honor the memory of El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick.

Flick, an 11-year veteran of the county Sheriff's Office, was killed in the line of duty Monday during a stolen car investigation. Two other deputies, a city police officer and a civilian were injured. The shooter was killed.

Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins, a son and a daughter.

Requesting the moment of silence were Democratic Reps. Tony Exum Sr. and Pete Lee; and Republican Reps. Terri Carver, Larry Liston, Paul Lundeen, Shane Sandridge and Dave Williams.

"They serve and protect, and sometimes they are shot and killed serving and protecting us, as has happened two times previously in the past month," Lee said. "Our hearts go out to Micah Flick's wife and twins, and his brothers and sisters among the first responders . Flick will be remembered and honored."

Lee also asked House members to honor the memories of Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish, who was killed on New Year's Eve, and Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm, killed Jan. 24.

Sandridge - the newest member of the General Assembly, replacing Rep. Dan Nordberg last month - is a former police officer from Kansas City. "I stand here with a heavy heart. I lost one of my brothers yesterday," Sandridge told his fellow lawmakers.

The four state senators from El Paso County - Democratic Sen. Michael Merrifield and Republican Sens. Bob Gardner, Owen Hill and Kent Lambert - also offered condolences through a brief moment of silence for Flick.

The Senate's moment came one day after the daughters of fallen Colorado State Patrol Officer Cody Donahue accepted a tribute on behalf of their father. Donahue was killed in the line of duty Nov. 25, 2016, during a traffic stop. In the 2017 session, lawmakers passed a "Move Over for Cody Act" to heighten the penalties when a driver fails to exercise "due care and caution" when passing a roadside emergency vehicle, tow truck or public utility vehicle.

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