DOUGLAS COUNTY — Two years ago today, Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance in Highlands Ranch.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office had a remembrance ceremony Tuesday to honor Parrish.
Parrish was one of several deputies who responded to the call Dec. 31, 2017, involving a man battling mental illness.
The Douglas County Sheriff said it was almost immediately after they arrived when shots rang out.
Parrish was killed in the incident that injured four other deputies and two civilians.
He was more than a @dcsheriff deputy...a man of faith, son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend - and so much more! He is missed beyond measure, but has given us purpose, direction, and courage to move forward from his ultimate sacrifice. #livelikeZack #ZPIII #tearsrunblue pic.twitter.com/Ugl0nPSwy3— Chief Steve Johnson (@sjohnsondcso) December 31, 2019
Earlier this year, the Highlands Ranch post office dedicated their office to him in a ceremony.
Parrish’s legacy also lives on through his wife’s foundation, which helps families of law enforcement facing difficult times.