Remembering the Fallen


Transcript: 11/27/2017: KOAA (NBC) hello and thanks for joining us for news 5 at 10. i’m rob quirk… and i’m elizabeth watts… today marks two years since colorado springs was thrust into international headlines when a heavily-armed gunman opened fire at the planned parenthood facility on centennial boulevard. nine people were injured, including five police officers, and three people were killed — among them, 44-year-old u-c-c-s police officer “garret swasey.” zach thaxton was at the vigil tonight… and joins us live from u-c-c-s with more in our top story… the planned parenthood shooting opened everyone’s eyes to the fact that mass shootings like we’ve seen across the country can happen here, too. since then, the community has stepped forward to help make sure officers are better prepared should they ever have to face a scenario like that again. “we miss him and we love him and we’re proud of him.” “his honor and his sacrifice is not forgotten.” vo#1 a little more than a dozen gather on thc-s mpus on the anniversary of the planned parenthood shooting to remember u-c-c-s officer “garrett swasey” for his sacrifice two years ago. “as time has gone by, it’s easier to remember the good times, it’s easier to remember the fun that we had.” vo#2 swasey, along with civilians ke’arre stewart and jennifer markovsky, died in the hail of bullets fired by admitted gunman robert dear — dear remains mentally incompetent to stand trial for the crime.in the two years since, protection for local officers who could someday face a similar situation has been dramatically improved. “we experienced, as a community, a worst-case scenario with an active shooter.” vo#3 non-profit oganization shield 616 has raised more than a million dollars the past two years to equip roughly three- quarters of the region’s 12- hundred law enforcement officers with rifle-rated ballistic gear — gear that colleagues believe could have saved swasey’s life if he had been wearing it. “where it enters my conscious through process is when i go home — i see my family, i see my children, and then i think i’m glad that i have that extra little bit of protection.” vo#4 by mid-january, the entire colorado springs police force will be equipped with gear donated by shield 6-1-6.u-c-c-s was equipped last year. “to be blunt, they’ve provided gear that the department can’t afford to provide each individual officer, and each individual officer can’t afford.” “when they’re going into these situations, they need to be protected against that threat if we expect them to protect us.” vo#5 all in the hopes that another anniversary vigil like this will never have to happen again. the next big project for shield 6-1-6 — bulletproofing local patrol vehicles. watching out for you in …