Patrol unit named after fallen Douglas County deputy

Posted 1/26/18

On Jan. 24, Douglas County Deputy Zack Parrish's patrol vehicle went back into service for the first time since the Dec. 31 shooting that took his life. The vehicle is different — small but …

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Patrol unit named after fallen Douglas County deputy

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On Jan. 24, Douglas County Deputy Zack Parrish's patrol vehicle went back into service for the first time since the Dec. 31 shooting that took his life. The vehicle is different — small but powerful details have been added to forever remember the fallen deputy.

Parrish, 29, was responding to a domestic dispute at a residence in the Copper Canyon Apartments, 3380 E. County Line Road, in Highlands Ranch, the morning of Dec. 31 when he was shot and killed. Four other law enforcements were wounded in what Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock called "an ambush-type of attack."

The vehicle that belonged to Parrish, a husband and father of two young girls, now serves as a memorial of him. The license plate is marked with a small gold sheriff's badge and a thin blue line running through the word “Parrish.”

The sheriff's office announced on Facebook that Parrish's unit, 1723, has officially been changed to unit ZPIII, a nickname Parrish was given by his family, which stands for Zach Parrish the third. The new name has been placed on the sides and back of the vehicle.

“Sheriff Tony Spurlock has made ZPIII available for deputies on all shifts to memorialize Zack and his service to the Sheriff's Office and our community,” the sheriff's office posted, along with photos of the vehicle, on Facebook.

Community members applauded the sheriff's office for honoring Parrish. The Facebook post was shared about 4,400 times in two days.

“Beautiful remembrance,” one user commented.

“This is well-considered and a splendid way to memorialize the life of a community servant who gave his all. Well done, Sheriff Spurlock,” another user said.

“How wonderful,” one user wrote. “You will always be remembered ZPIII.”

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