Douglas County heroes honored
Deputy Dan Brite one of three law enforcement officers chosen to toss out first pitch during rivalry game
PARKER – On Monday night, fans gathered at Double Angel Field in Parker to watch the baseball game between crosstown rivals Douglas County and Castle View high schools. The highlight of the evening, however, happened even before the Sabercats or Huskies took the field. A pre-game ceremony honored first responders who serve and protect the Douglas County community.
Three law enforcement officers were chosen to throw out the first pitch at the game, including Deputy Dan Brite with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officer Glenn Stark of the Castle Rock Police Department and Sgt. Bill Caldwell with the Colorado State Patrol.
Additionally, the Castle Rock Fire Department Honor Guard presented the flag for the national anthem.
“We thought it was an excellent opportunity to recognize community heroes, so we renamed the game ‘Community Heroes Night,’” explained Brad Blacker, one of Castle View’s baseball coaches. “It is about community and making sure that we are saying ‘thank you’ to those that serve and protect our community on a daily basis.”
Blacker said the idea of a night to honor our first responders was welcomed by both teams, immediately.
“Everyone was ecstatic about it. We don’t say thank you enough to the men and women who serve and protect us on a daily basis,” Blacker said. “The bravery and courage that these men and women show is something to be looked up to. It is amazing to me how they get up every morning, not knowing what is going to happen, but charge in first whenever they are needed.”
“[Law enforcement officers] have been getting a bad rep recently, so I think it is good that they get some positive recognition that they deserve,” added Castle View senior and pitcher Ryan Kelly.
2017 COMMUNITY HERO NIGHT HONOREES
Detective Dan Bright
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Bright was injured in the line of duty on September 2, 2016. He was responding to a report of a suicidal man with a gun near Sierra Middle School and Parker Adventist Hospital.
Colorado State Patrol
Sgt. Caldwell serves the Castle Rock area and is a local resident. Additionally, he was the supervising trooper during two tragic events on I-25: the deaths of Trooper Cody Donahue on November 25, 2016 during an accident investigation and Trooper Jaimie Jursevics, killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic following an accident.
Officer Glenn Stark
Castle Rock Police Department
Officer Glenn Stark is considered a valuable member of the Castle View family. He not only servers to protect the school, as Castle View’s School Resource Officer, but is also a trusted advisor and resource for our students.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected on behalf of the Castle Rock Police Department,” Stark said before the game.
“I have been instructed not to embarrass us,” Stark added with a laugh. “I was a former baseball player through high school and college. Hopefully I don’t disappoint tonight.”
“I’m not really close to the guy (Stark), which is a good thing, I guess,” said Kelly. “He protects our schools, so I respect that and am thankful he does that for us.”
Stark, for his part, was quick to share the moment.
“I am honored to be able to go to work day in and day out with people that I know would be willing to lay their life down for perfect strangers, as well as myself, and never second guess it. They are called to the duty to protect and serve and they do so proudly,” Stark said.
Three Douglas County heroes, including Deputy Brite, threw out the first pitch during tonight's game between Castle View & Douglas County pic.twitter.com/QS5jD7Qdz5
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