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Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts plant memorial garden for fallen deputies

Deputy Zack Parrish among those honored
Memorial garden
Posted at 11:36 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 13:36:53-04

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Highlands Ranch substation will soon be more colorful, thanks to a local Girl Scouts group.

Last year, three girls from local Girl Scout Troop 62211 planted flowers for a memorial garden. The garden honors the three Douglas County deputies killed in the line of duty: Deputy Wayne Bryant (1932-1978), Deputy Sheriff Ronald King (1956-1999) and Deputy Zackari Parrish (1988-2017).

The scouts, who are students at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch, created the garden to earn their Silver Award. The award requires scouts to do a service project that has a lasting impact on the community.

They chose the Highlands Ranch substation partly because Parrish was killed in Highlands Ranch.

"There's only (a memorial) in Castle Rock, so we wanted to put one that was closer to the families that they could visit," said Abby Guy, a Cadette Scout.

Guy and her fellow scouts Juliana Pepper and Sarah Gross planted perennial flowers, so they'll return every year. The memorial includes a plaque with the three deputies' names, and a concrete block where the sheriff's office plans to eventually erect a permanent monument.

There are also small markers with the names of individuals and businesses that donated money, time and supplies to the project.