COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Law enforcement gathered at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and later, the county jail, to honor the memory of Deputy Micah Flick, slain the line of duty exactly one year ago Tuesday.
Deputies Micah Flick and Scott Stone were among the members of an auto theft task force trying to make an arrest last year when the suspect opened fire. Both men, along with two other law enforcement officers, the suspect, and a civilian bystander, were hit by gunfire. Flick lost his life.
"It was a club that I never wanted to join," his widow said Tuesday at the wreath-laying event in front of the sheriff's office. "But in joining it, I have seen what I had hoped was true. There is love for the law enforcement community.”
Rachael Flick said when she first lost her husband, she couldn't see making it a full year.
"It’s amazing to me that it’s been a year because 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 that I was going to be able to survive to the place that we are.”
Family and faith helped guide her family through the most terrible time of their lives.
"We have chosen one foot in front of the other. We’ve worked really hard on our own therapy, our own moving forward and creating new memories. ... It's a process and it’s not something that will ever be done or forgotten or over for us, but it’s absolutely something that we can use to step forward.”
Deputy Scott Stone previously spoke at length with 11 News on how he would not be here if it were not for Flick's bravery and selflessness. He reiterated that in Tuesday's ceremony.
"He saved my life. He kept Mr. Zetina from shooting me in the head and ending my life. Words can not express how grateful I am for that, that Micah was willing to do that for me."
"I know that when he walked up to Zetina that day with Scott he had already gone through so many scenarios in his mind," Rachael Flick said. "When Zetina pulled that gun Micah has already gone through it in his head a million times and grabbed it and grappled with it to give officers to pull weapons and to protect the lives of themselves and other families. ... He stepped in and he took the gun and he wrestled with it. He took that shot into his own chest and that did save the life of the other officers.
"I could not be more proud of him as a hero."
The love Flick had for others and the strength of his character are his lasting legacy, his widow and his friend both told 11 News.
“Micah’s legacy is one of integrity. It’s one of honor," said Rachael Flick.
"He loved his community and his agency. He loved everybody. I like to think that his sacrifice inspired people to love each other and respect each other. And, our community is showing it to us."
Watch both ceremonies below: