For the second time in less than a month, members of the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation are gathering to help plan an officer's memorial.
The nonprofit organizes memorials for law enforcement officers. Earlier this month the group helped coordinate the service for Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish. He was killed in an ambush attack on New Years Eve.
“As a law enforcement officer, it doesn't matter where an officer is killed, it affects each of us deeply," Lt. Stephen Redfearn with the Aurora Police Department told us after the death of Parrish.
He's also the president of the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation. It has been around for about a year-and-a-half and was created by APD Chief Nick Metz. He brought the idea from his police department in Seattle, where he was also Chief.
On Thursday the group gathered with a different agency to plan a memorial for Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm. He was killed Wednesday night after he was shot in the chest while responding to an assault.
"I can't even begin to express the appreciation that I have for the multiple agencies that have participated in the response to this tragic event," said Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh "One of those entities is the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation."
Sheriff McIntosh says he's been with the sheriff's office for more than 30 years and has only dealt with a line of duty death one other time, early in his career.
"To handle the situation like this, a line of duty death, takes a lot of people coming to our aid," he said. "And the combined experience of this group, that it brings to our agency at this time is invaluable to us and invaluable to the family that is mourning the loss of Deputy Gumm."