First responders, DIA team up to benefit family of fallen deputy

DENVER — Denver International Airport and first responders will host a three-on-three hockey tournament at the airport ice skating rink to benefit the family of fallen Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish.

Members of the Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, Denver Health Paramedics and Denver International Airport will participate in the event on Monday.

It will benefit the Parrish family through the Fallen Officer Fund, which helps families of law enforcement killed in the line of duty.

The tournament will feature three games and starts at 11 a.m. on the airport ice skating rink with special guests such as the mascots for the Broncos, Rockies and Avalanche as well as Broncos cheerleaders.

Additional first responders will be on hand to collect donations from attendees and travelers.

And visitors will be able to bid on a team-signed jersey donated by the Avalanche.

The rink will be closed to public skating for the event.

Thousands of people jammed into a Highlands Ranch church on Friday to remember Parrish.

The 29-year-old deputy was shot along with three other sheriff’s deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two citizens in an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment on New Year’s Eve.

Parrish died at the scene. Parrish is survived by his wife Gracie and two young children.