Blue ribbons, flags flank Bailey after deputies shot

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BAILEY, Colo. — Fourteen Colorado law enforcement officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty in the past three months. The latest incident, in Bailey on Wednesday, left the suspect and a Park County sheriff’s deputy dead and two other deputies wounded.

On Saturday, the community tied blue ribbons and posted flags all over town to make sure those who put their lives on the line every day know the community cares.

“I can’t imagine how their lives are changing right now,” said Linda Thomas, one of the organizers of the event.

Cpl. Nate Carrigan was fatally shot Wednesday by a homeowner being served an eviction notice.  Two other Park County deputies were injured.

“Just to do this simple act to show our support for these families and law enforcement I think just helps us feel like we did some good,” Thomas said.

Little by little, people showed up, along U.S. 285 in Bailey. In the wind, blue ribbons waved and flags flew.

“About 2,500 flags,” Thomas said.

From the highway to Platte Canyon High School, around the gas station and neighborhood entrances, the color blue is tied to trees and poles and pushed into long rows across the ground.

“Wherever people can find a place to put them,” Thomas said.

Residents of Bailey are banding together for the brave men and women in uniform.

“All of us feel so helpless,” Thomas said.

This is show of support, to send a strong message that the community says it will not allow tragedy to tear it apart.

“To remember how much people have lost in order to keep us safe,” Thomas said. “We’re a strong community and we’ll stay together.”

Bailey will be doing the same thing Sunday, tying blue ribbons and posting flags, a visible sign of support for the fallen deputy, his family and all those who wear the badge.

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