Another family is left without a husband and father after the third Colorado law enforcement officer in five weeks is killed in the line of duty.
El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick (pictured at right) was carrying out a stolen car investigation, along with two of his colleagues and a Colorado Springs police officer, when a struggle broke out.
Deputy Flick was killed and the other three plus a civilian were wounded. The suspect also died at the scene.
As is tradition, law enforcement officers from around the region lined the streets as Flick's body was taken to the morgue.
Randy Sutton with Blue Lives Matter says the death of one law enforcement officer affects fellow officers across the state.
"It really hits home. Hits home in a big way," he tells OneNewsNow, because the living are left to ponder how it could have been them.
Flick leaves behind a wife and two children, a seven-year old twin brother and sister.
"They're old enough that they're going to remember their dad," Sutton observes. "But they're young enough that it's going to affect them quite literally for the rest of their lives."
There is another tradition that Flick's children will benefit from: From now until they become adults, officers will show up for every major life event.
They will walk them to school on the first day they return and for many first days to come. They'll take the kids to father-child events. If she wants, one will even walk the girl down the aisle at her wedding.
"Those police officers who worked with him, who know him personally, they're going to take that responsibility of his family seriously," Sutton says. "They will be a presence in the lives of those children as they grow up."
That is because, he adds, the "Thin Blue Line" never forgets it family.