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Flag ceremony held for fallen El Paso County sheriff's deputy

February 8, 2018 Updated: February 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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The Honor Guard for the El Paso County Sheriff's Department folds an American flag to be draped on the casket of Dep. Micah Flick at his funeral on New Life Church on Saturday. The flowers and momentos on the cruiser in front of the Sheriff's office continued to amass on Thursday, February 8, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

For 15 minutes Thursday afternoon, the usually bustling south end of downtown Colorado Springs was silent while a flag was raised, then lowered to honor fallen detective Micah Flick.

"There is so much noise in the business of preparing for the funeral and the investigation that the silence is nice," said El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby at the ceremony outside the Vermijo Avenue office.

About 100 law enforcement officials and community members attended the tearful ceremony in which the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard raised, lowered and folded the flag that will be draped over Flick's casket and presented to his family at his funeral Saturday.

Kirby said the atmosphere at the Sheriff's Office was particularly somber Thursday.

"I think the initial shock of Monday and Tuesday is starting to wane," she said. "There's just something in the air today that is making things extra difficult for us in the office."

Bouquets, letters, balloons and signs cover nearly every inch of the cruiser in front of the Sheriff's Office Building as a memorial to Flick, who was killed Monday by a suspected car thief. The suspect, Manuel Zetina, 19, was killed in a shootout off Galley Road and Murray Boulevard in east Colorado Springs in which two other deputies, a police detective and a passer-by also were wounded.

Veronica Reeger and her 3-year-old son Lyric was one of the community members who brought a bouquet to place on the memorial during the flag-raising ceremony.

"We want to pay our respect to (Flick) and the other officers who have been killed this year," she said. "I want to make sure my kids know that we need to respect our law enforcement officials."

Lyric wants to be a police officer someday, and Veronica wants him to understand early the realities of the job.

"I want to show him that this is real, that it's a dangerous, respectable job," she said. "He may not understand now, but he will someday."

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