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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The Castle Rock Fire Department has come up with a fitting tribute for fallen Douglas County sheriff's deputy Zackari Parrish.

Parrish, a 29-year-old father of two, died in an ambush at the Copper Canyon apartment complex early Sunday morning.

In honor of Parrish, the Castle Rock Fire Department lit the town's iconic star in a whole new way. Firefighters changed the horizontal bulbs from white to blue to create a "thin blue line."

"We hope that this will give the community something [to] look to as they think of Zack and the sacrifices that your first responders make every single day," the fire department wrote in a Facebook post.

“I was kind of wondering why it was a little different,” resident Jennifer Norton said.

“It looks really cool with the blue and everything," Jesse Bradshaw said.

Every time people drive by the Castle Rock star, a stripe of blue lights will serve as a reminder.

“I think I’m going to think of the family members who are suffering at this time,” Norton said.

It's a reminder of how Parrish gave his life. A tribute that's on top of the town for everyone to see.

Castle Rock's fire chief said the community is rocked by the news out of Highlands Ranch. He said the firefighters who put up the lights came in on their off day to make sure Castle Rock honored one of its own.

The lights will remain blue until Jan. 21.

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