ARVADA, Colo. — Hundreds of law enforcement, first responders and the general public lined the streets and highways on Monday morning to pay respects to fallen Park County sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan.
A 42-mile procession started at 9 a.m. in Bailey and traveled along U.S. 285, C-470 and Interstate 70 to Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, where a public memorial service was held.
Several officials from law enforcement to first responders lined the roads as the procession passed. Several fire departments had flags connected to ladders over the roads and many drivers stopped to pay their respects.
Carrigan was fatally shot while serving an eviction notice on Feb. 24 to a political activist. Carrigan and two other deputies returned fire and killed the gunman.
The Park County community has displayed about 2,500 blue flags along U.S. 285 to honor Carrigan, his fellow deputies and law enforcement in general.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial contributions to a scholarship fund set up in Carrigan’s name with the Bank of the West.
Carrigan was a 13-year veteran with the Park County Sheriff’s Office and also was involved with Platte Canyon High School as an assistant coach for the football team and head coach of the baseball team.