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Woman sews quilts for family of fallen deputy Zack Parrish, Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office

Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 03, 2018

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zack Parrish died in the line of duty on Dec. 1, 2017.

Not long after Parrish died, Rachel Sears Clawson began making quilts for his family and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Now, the quilts are finally complete.

To make the quilts, Clawson received patches and fabric from across the world. She received patches from first responders and law enforcement agencies from as far away as Alaska, Canada, and even Germany.

In the time since she began making the quilts, Clawson had four surgeries in the span of five months, according to reporting partner 9News in Denver.

“As soon as I was able to, I got right back into it and I actually finished Gracie’s (Zack’s widow) quilt five minutes before I had to leave for my shoulder surgery,” she said.

The finished quilts ended up being 12 – 14 feet wide and 13 – 15 feet tall, according to Clawson.

“I could not have done any of this without the amount of support that I have gotten from one end of the world to the other,” she said. “All these departments they feel for her.”

Clawson delivered the quilts to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning.