COLORADO SPRINGS – Retired Colorado Springs Police Department Detective Chris Browns wears a daily reminder of a deputy, taken far too soon.
“He engraved Micah’s end of watch, his initials, and his badge number,” Brown said, pointing to a ring on his right hand.
His brother-in-law, Deputy Micah Flick, was killed in the line of duty last February.
Now, Brown works with a non-profit–Shield616–that equips first responders with advanced protective kits in active and mass shooter situations.
So far, they’ve been able to equip about 2,200 people with these protective kits.
This week, Von Miller recruited nearly 20 players to chip in and donate $200,000 dollars to Shield616 in an effort to close the gap between law enforcement and the community.
That will pay for about 125 more kits for various law enforcement agencies.
“When we had the team meeting, I talked to the guys about, ‘this is what I want to do, and if anybody else has anything that you want to do…’ that really hit home with a lot of guys,” Von Miller told reporters this week.
It especially hit home with Brown and his family.
“Micah was a die-hard Broncos fan. He’s in heaven right now, giving a big thumbs up. He’s just thrilled.”
NFL players have come under fire in recent years for kneeling during the national anthem–with critics suggesting football players should stick to football.
“There’s three law enforcement officers in our family, and we all struggled with that. And we thought, ‘we just want to see these athletes perform,'” said Brown.
Von Miller says efforts beyond the game–like Shield616–are worth speaking up about.
“We’ve got guys that are focusing on football, winning championships, winning games and we’ve got guys that are worrying about off-the-field issues as well—social issues as well and worrying about the community as well. It just shows you what type of team we have,” Miller said this week at practice.
And in this case, Brown says he could not be happier to see the Broncos taking a stand–off the field.
“You’re going to see the Denver Broncos physically standing physically behind–standing, not kneeling behind, standing–their first responders. That is mind-blowing to us. What an incredible testimony from what we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years,” Brown told News5.
“I hope you can see from my face how excited I am,” he said smiling.
Broncos players will hand kits out to police and firefighters on December 20th, at UCHealth Training Center.
Shield616 has donated kits to first responders in 18 different states. Donors are able to put in requests as to what state and/or what specific law enforcement agency they want the kits to go to.
For more information on Shield616, or how to donate, click here.