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Colorado state lawmakers honor fallen El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick

Author: Marianne Goodland - February 6, 2018 - Updated: February 7, 2018

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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.

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 El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon during a stolen car investigation. Three other officers were also injured, as was a civilian. The shooter was killed.

Flick is survived by a wife and 7-year-old twin daughters.

The representatives — Democratic Reps. Tony Exum, Sr. and Pete Lee; and Republican Reps. Terri Carver, Larry Liston, Paul Lundeen, Shane Sandridge and Dave Williams — took to the well of the House to ask for a moment of silence for Flick.

“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 Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish, who was killed on New Year’s Eve, and Adams County Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm, who was killed on Jan. 24.

Sandridge, the newest member of the General Assembly (he replaced Rep. Dan Nordberg last month) is himself 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.

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Senators from El Paso County also offered a moment of silence. L-R, Merrifield, Gardner, Hill. Not pictured but to the right, Sen. Kent Lambert

The four members of the state Senate from El Paso County – Democratic Sen. Michael Merrifield and Republicans Sen. Bob Gardner, Owen Hill and Kent Lambert – also offered their condolences through a brief moment of silence for Flick.

The Senate’s moment came just one day after the daughters of fallen Colorado State Patrol Officer Cody Donahue accepted a tribute on behalf of their father, and led the chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance. 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.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.