Hundreds come out for fundraiser honoring injured detective

9NEWS @ 5. 9/11/2016

PARKER - Asking people to wait just for a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning is a tall order.

But no one at the Coffee Cabin in Parker seemed to mind the line when it benefits a guy who put so much on it.

On Sept. 2, Douglas County Det. Dan Brite got into a shootout with a suicidal suspect near Sierra Middle School in Parker.

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Brite was hit, and has been fighting for his life since then.

A fundraiser for him at the Coffee Cabin drew in hundreds of drivers and dollars for hours.

"Your support is tremendous," Brite's brother, Steve, said to one driver.

"They're showing strength by being here," Steve continued.

Keith Balltrip is a cop, too, and was best man at Brite's wedding.

"It just pulls on your heart," he said.  "It's awesome to know these people are out here to do this stuff."

"I just really wanted to help someone in need," Greyson Mezo said, a fifth grader who saw the story while snooping on his mom's Facebook page.

While Brite recovers in a hospital room in Parker, those who know him well -- and those don't know him at all -- are doing what they can to help..

"It's the people,"' Steve said.  "This is a great community."

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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