BAILEY, Colo. — When Nate Carrigan was killed while attempting to serve an eviction notice in Park County on Wednesday, the town of Bailey didn’t just lose a deputy. It lost a member of its family.
“It was weird because he was such a big part in most everyone’s lives and if you didn’t know him, you knew about him,” Hunter Riddell said.
To Riddell, a 16-year-old sophomore at Platte Canyon High School, Carrigan wasn’t a deputy, he was a coach.
Riddell is active with his school’s sports teams, especially in football and wrestling. Carrigan helped coach the football and baseball teams.
“We tried keeping our minds off of it. But there were some who just couldn’t hold back and it hit them really hard,” Riddell said while discussing the mood at school on Thursday.
According to Riddell, Carrigan was one of the best athletes the school has ever had.
Riddell said Carrigan's legacy will be known forever in Bailey. Not only as an amazing coach, but as a person who inspired countless students.