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iHonor Fallen Officer: Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Spurlock Parrish III
End of Watch on Dec. 31, 2017 in Highlands Ranch, CO Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance by a mentally unstable man that Zack wanted to help. The assailant ambushed Deputy Parrish and his fellow officers with more than 100 rounds of gun fire. Four other police officers were wounded. We honor and thank Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish for serving & protecting our community. Please, pray for his wife, two young daughters, and the rest of his family in mourning.
- Hero, Role Model, God-fearing, Father, Husband, Family Man, Selfless Public Servant, and Friend -
Zackari Spurlock Parrish III was born February 21, 1988 in Nashville, TN Played baseball (infielder) for Second Baptist High School in Houston, TX Graduated from Second Baptist HS in 2006 Graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2009 - where he met his future wife Married Grace Moehlenpah in 2009 He loved music, the outdoors, sports, but his family most ;) Left banking / finance career to become a police officer Graduated from Arapahoe Community College Law Enforcement Academy in 2014 Served as Caste Rock Police Department Officer 2015-2017 Hired by Douglas County Sheriff's Office as Deputy in 2017 (Badge #1721) Killed in the line of duty on December 31, 2017 Zack Parrish, 29, survived by his wife Grace, a 2006 MVHS graduate, and 2 young daughters
Inspirational Quotes about Zack Parrish: ... from his HS & college best friend, Nathan Rees ... "Growing up, he (Zack) really did love and care about his sisters. He so much wanted to be a protector, and I think that's why he eventually left the thought of doing business. ... He wanted to protect people."
...from his wife... "... had Zack known someone on his team was going to die that night, Zack would have said, 'I'm still going in there, I will put my life on the line.'”
GO HERE to review his Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP.org) and leave a note of reflection
CLICK HERE to discover Deputy Parrish's connection to MVHS
CLICK HERE to read article about the memorial vigil held a Mission Hills Church on Jan. 1st
GO HERE to examine an article about "What We Know" of Zack Parrish's life
These quotes and actions described by Parrish's teammates reinforce his inspirational leadership and commitment to serve others. Parrish’s Sergeant remembered Zack’s last words in the conversation where deputies planned how to approach the call. Never fearful and ready to tackle any challenge, Parrish positively and confidently stated, “OK, let’s go” as he led his teammates.
And Michael Doyle, one of the deputies wounded on the call, remembered Parrish’s courage to place himself in a dangerous situation. He watched Parrish take the lead walking first through the door, and Doyle said he followed. “I would do it again without hesitation because that’s the kind of influence he had on everyone around him.”
Zack Parrish was ... "Eager to Work, Eager to Serve"
Above: Original 'Interactive American Flag' (rebranded recently as iHonor American Flag) dedicated to Deputy Parrish posted and flying at Flag Steward HQ before presentation in 2018 to the DCSO Substation in Highlands Ranch
Reflections about this iHonor American Flag's Honoree - Deputy Parrish
... reflections will be posted here (from newest to oldest submitted) ...
Zack - I now understand the scope and breadth of police camaraderie and what attracted you to being a peace officer ... After seeing the sea of police cars and officers from across the country who attended your funeral, I more greatly appreciate you and your brothers in blue. I was always impressed with the military funerals I attended, but they now pale in comparison to your honorable ceremony. For more than a year, I have held on to this hand-inscribed, story-telling American Flag I made for you - waiting for the right opportunity to present it and relay your inspirational story. - from Sean on 5/14/2020
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