“BEHIND MY BADGE IS A HEART LIKE YOURS, I BLEED, I LOVE AND YES, I CAN BE KILLED, AND ALTHOUGH I AM BUT ONE MAN, I HAVE THOUSANDS OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO WOULD DIE FOR ME AND I FOR THEM. WE STAND WATCH TOGETHER, I AM FATE WITH A BADGE AND A GUN, THE THIN-BLUE-LINE, PROTECTING THE PREY FROM PREDATORS, THE GOOD FROM THE BAD, WE ARE THE SHERIFF” –END Of WATCH-
On February 21st, 1988, Zackari (Zack) Spurlock Parrish III was born to Zack Jr. and Cris Parrish in Nashville, Tenn. Upon graduating High School, Zack attended Dallas Baptist University and graduated in August 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication. Shortly after graduating, Zack married the love of his life, Gracie Moehlenpah (Parrish) in Denver, Colorado. After spending four years working in Corporate America as a Business Banker at various banks, Zack decided to follow his dream and become a Police Officer. He enrolled in the Academy and continued working full-time at the bank. Upon graduating the Academy, Zack continued working full-time at the bank and took a part-time position as a Reserve Officer with Morrison PD. In December of 2014, Zack accepted a full-time Law Enforcement Officer position with Castle Rock Police Department and was sworn into the department January 2015.
Once Zack started with Castle Rock PD, he immediately demonstrated his hard work and dedication to the job, all the time committed to his strong moral compass. Zack’s productivity at CRPD was impressive, leading the entire agency in arrests and citizen contacts each year. Zack’s efforts to always be the leader and to be first at everything he was involved in with his patrol team, he quickly earned the nickname “Zippy”. Zack never wavered in pushing himself to be the best. His personal dedication to personal fitness, marksmanship and all the technical aspects of his job was second to none. Zack’s passion for life was not limited to just a “working relationship” with his peers, but he strived to develop and maintain a personal friendship with his fellow Castle Rock officers – friends to all, bridging gaps between all officers and starting a culture of friendship which endures to this day.
After spending two years with Castle Rock PD, Zack started with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on June 5th 2017, bringing with him the same zeal for life and the same drive and determination he had with Castle Rock. Zack immediately made an impact with his co-workers, challenging each of his peers to be the best they can be. These challenges led to friendly bantering, but ultimately forged relationships and memories that would remain today when we speak of Zack. We will never forget Zack, the family man, Zack, the Deputy Sheriff or Zack – the person who truly cared about who he worked with and the citizens and community he was sworn to protect.
Unfortunately Zack’s life ended tragically the morning of December 31st, 2017, in the line of duty. He leaves behind his wife, Gracie, of 8.5 years and their two daughters – his pride and joy – Caroline, age 4.5 and Everly, age 18mo at the time of his death.
Ron King was born December 17, 1956, in Ruston, Louisiana. He grew up in Rangely, Colorado and began his law enforcement career with the Meeker Police Department. From there, he served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Colorado State Patrol as a Trooper. In 1989, he was sworn in as a Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Ron worked in patrol, community relations, D.A.R.E. and traffic enforcement during his 9 years with Douglas County.
On the afternoon of May 21, 1999, Deputy King and his partner, Deputy Chris Washburn, were on motorcycle patrol on southbound U.S. Highway 85 near Louviers CO when a northbound van turned left into the Deputies’ path, colliding with their motorcycles. The van was driven by a male party who had just come from a bar in Sedalia and was attempting to turn into the parking lot of another bar. Deputy King died of his injuries while en-route to a hospital. Deputy Washburn, who was seriously injured in the crash, underwent numerous surgeries, but miraculously returned to full duty within a few months.
Deputy King loved working with the youth of Douglas County. He was commitment to youth safety programs during his assignment as a community relations officer along with his devotion to the D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. programs. Deputy King also worked tirelessly with his commitment to improving traffic safety as a Motorcycle Officer with the hallmarks of his career. In honor of Deputy King’s commitment to young people, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office commissioned the Ronald M. King Community Service Awards, which each year will recognize a community member and a sheriff’s office employee who have demonstrated exemplary public service in areas related to youth. Ron was also an anchor to his family. He was a devoted father to four girls and was a wonderful companion for the love of his life, Marleen Brack.
Deputy Wayne Bryant honorably served the DCSO until his death at 45 in 1978. The sergeant was selfless and giving. He died in the line of duty at work from medical complications.
In 2002, a memorial was placed in front of the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center bearing his name and that of Deputy Ronald King, who also lost his life in the line of duty.