On December 22nd, Detective Dan Brite was released from Craig Hospital with his family. Dan was a deputy for the Douglas County Sheriff’s department, who was shot in the line of duty on September 2nd while responding to reports of a suicidal man near Sierra Middle School. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down, and is unable to walk. He originally stayed in a local hospital, and was then transferred to Craig Hospital. He was transferred because Craig hospital specialises in spinal cord injuries. A caravan of police vehicles and ambulances escorted Dan and his family to their home in Castle Rock while people lined the streets to congratulate Dan and watch him ride home. While Dan was in the hospital, the people of Douglas County rallied together. Many different fundraisers raised over 50,000 dollars for detective Brite and his family, including a GoFundMe page, a fundraiser ran by the Coffee Cabin, an auction put on by the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation, and a fundraiser by the Fallen Officers Fund.
By: Matthew McCarthy