COLORADO SPRINGS — There was a crowd that spilled into the street in front of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday to honor the life of Deputy Micah Flick, killed in the line of duty one year ago.
The crowd included members of the Flick family, Sheriff Bill Elder and Deputy Scott Stone who says Flick saved his life amid the deadly shootout.
Stone says if not for Flick he would have been shot in the head, and that life-saving action has changed the way he lives his life, “I choose to look and remember how he lived. He loved everybody. That day he sacrificed himself because he loved me.”
“It’s amazing to me that’s it’s been a year” recalls Micah Flick’s widow Rachael adding, “back in February I didn’t think I would survive to see the summer. The pain was so agonizing, it was so overwhelming, I didn’t think I was going to be able to survive to the place we are.”
Rachael Flick also says she and her family have chosen a path of post-traumatic growth, rather than stress.
That includes Rachael being a fierce advocate of law enforcement and what she sees as a needed cultural shift in America, “when we have decided that it’s acceptable to target our protectors in this culture war that we’ve become in engaged in as a way of venting our frustration against authority, that’s absolutely unacceptable.”
The Flick family says they will always remember Micah as a man of honor and integrity who served his community and lived by his faith.