Grief counselors assist in wake of parade accident that killed 8-year-old boy

WINDSOR, Colo. -- Mental health counselors offered assistance Tuesday to a school community, witnesses and loved ones grieving the loss of an 8-year-old boy who was killed when a parade float ran over him.

Brycen Zerby was participating in Windsor's annual Harvest Festival Parade on Monday when he fell off his church's float and was run over.

On Tuesday, his principal at Frontier Academy Elementary School, Bradford Every, spoke about the impact of his death on his school and on him.

"It feels like as the principal that they are all my children," said Bradford. "If you have ever taught a child, it’s like they are your kid for the rest of your life and it’s tough to really feel any other way."

Counselors from North Ranger Behavioral Health and counselors from the school district were at the school to speak with students, parents and staff.

"Some of our family and staff and students were pretty close with proximity. Some saw stuff in real time," said Bradford. "So many people were immediately impacted."

"It would be normal and natural and expected if the images of what they saw stuck with them, maybe even forever," said Kim Collins, a director of youth services and crisis services for the center.

 The Zerbys' church, Generations, said a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Greeley church (3600 W. 22nd St.).

A brief reception will follow with a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

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