Volunteers renovate landscape at fallen deputy's family home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -- After a Colorado Springs deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty in February, it did not take long for people to start asking how they could help. Friday, nearly 30 volunteers renovated the entire yard of Deputy Micah Flick's family home.

Deputy Micah Flick was killed in a shootout with a suspect in Colorado Springs. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

“My life has changed in every conceivable way," Flick's wife Rachael told 11 News. “We ache for him to be present.”

Rachael Flick says the project combines two of Micah's loves - family and nature. Flick worked in landscaping before he started working at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Friday's renovation included the removal of existing landscaping and installation of a newly leveled lawn space for Micah Flick's children. It also adds a retaining wall, outdoor patio, gardens, irrigation system, and a memorial tree.

"Some people say that the hardest part of grief is when everybody goes away and we haven’t had that experience," said Rachael Flick. "That’s a unique blessing, to be able to walk through grief with not only a tightknit family like we have but a community that is rallying around us.”

All materials and labor for this project were donated by ALCC member companies. ALCC chapter members participate in an annual Day of Service when they volunteer their time and expertise to improve outdoor spaces within their community.