PARKER, Colo. -- The community is invited to attend a vigil Sunday afternoon for the Douglas County sheriff's deputy shot near a middle school in Parker last week.
Det. Dan Brite was shot Sept. 2 while responding to a report of a suicidal man with a gun near Sierra Middle School and Parker Adventist Hospital.
The gunman, 40-year-old Randall Rodick, was shot and killed by a deputy, investigators said.
Brite was rushed into surgery after the shooting and was in "very critical condition," according to the sheriff's office.
Parker Adventist Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Bertocchi said Brite is responding to stimulus and has made progress in the past week.
“The brain tends to shut down in these moments as, thinking it's not critical to maintaining life. It's very early on. When these patients arrive, their blood pressure is very low, there is always fear and concern the brain has suffered injury because of lack of profusion to the brain,” he said.
Investigators believe the close proximity to Parker Adventist Hospital, as well as quick work by doctors and paramedics, saved Brite's life.
His wife, Sgt. Christine Brite, who also works for the sheriff's office, said she believes prayer has played a role in his recovery and asks the community for continued support.
“I ask that you thank these heroes that walk among us and continue to pray for my brother. He’s a father, a husband, a friend, a Detroit Lions fan, a former marine and a highly trained SWAT officer who on that day had the bravery and the courage to answer his call of duty with selflessness, courage and honor which potentially saved countless lives,” said Steve Brite, Dan Brite’s brother said at a news conference Friday.
The prayer service will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the west side of the hospital, in the conference center parking lot. Organizers said Brite's family will be able to see the gathering from an upstairs window.
Organizers said anyone planning to attend is strongly encouraged to carpool and park at Sierra Middle School, across the street from the hospital.
Organizers are encouraging people to wear blue as a show of support, but ask that people refrain from bringing balloons.
The mayor of Parker said the community has come together to support Brite's family.
There was a special flyover for Det. Brite before the vigil Sunday.
The Coffee Cabin on the corner of Parker Road and Ponderosa Street is promising to donate all profits from sales on Sunday to Brite's family.
"Every single dime given through this window, every sale we ring up, it's my promise to you we will give this to Dan's family," owner Wesley Crespi said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Brite's family. Nearly $40,000 of a goal of $5,000 has been raised.