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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20182min478

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner used the weekly Republican Senate leadership press conference in Washington Tuesday afternoon to address the deaths of three law enforcement officers in Colorado since Dec. 31.

Deputy Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty Monday in El Paso County. Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm was shot while investigating a report of an assault in Thornton on Jan. 24, and Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed in an ambush in Highlands Ranch on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

Here is the transcript of Gardner’s remarks:

“Over the course of the past 36 days in Colorado, ten law enforcement officers have been shot and three have been tragically killed including one yesterday.

This has left four children without fathers and countless loved ones with enormous losses.

Deputy Parrish, Deputy Gumm, and Deputy Flick gave their lives to protect their community and we cannot do enough to honor their sacrifice, and we must never forget it.

I want every law enforcement officer in Colorado and this country to know that we have their backs and enough is enough.

Former State Rep. Joe Rice who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan wrote how he prays for his fellow soldiers and their safety each and every day by saying and praying: ‘For all of those around the world in harm’s way we pray with you. Please God just not today.’

And I want to echo that sentiment and let our men and women in blue — law enforcement around the country — know that I pray with you each and every day. Please God, just not today.”


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