“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-
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.