Denver Broncos donate $200,000 to support first responders

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The thin blue line is getting a splash of orange, thanks to the Denver Broncos. On Thursday it was announced the team donated more than $200,000 to Colorado Springs nonprofit SHIELD616.

SHIELD616 provides first responders with active shooter and tactical gear at no cost to the agencies.

“Whether an individual is donating $10 or we have $200,000 from the Denver Broncos, it all adds up very quickly,” said Jake Skifstad, Founder and President of SHIELD616.

Von Miller, who kicked off the big donation, led the charge for the Broncos.

“About the only thing we really have in common is, after a foot pursuit of a criminal we sometimes have to make a tackle, and so maybe Von Miller could help us in learning how to tackle more effectively,” Skifstad said.

Skifstad said thanks to the Broncos’ donation, SHIELD616 was able to purchase 125 advanced protective kits, which include a ballistic vest and helmet, along with a wound trauma kit.

For Chris Brown of SHIELD616, the Broncos’ donation holds a deeper meaning.

“Micah was a die-hard Bronco fan, and so he’s in heaven right now giving a big thumbs up,” said Chris Brown, Director of Operations for SHIELD616.

Brown is the brother-in-law of fallen El Paso County Sheriff’s Detective Micah Flick, who was killed in the line of duty on February 5.

“Micah did make a sacrifice and it was not in vain and God’s doing big things through his death and you’re seeing that firsthand, like the Denver Broncos,” Brown said.

Brown, a retired CSPD police officer, joined SHIELD616 just a month after the shooting, and to this day continues to serve and protect those who put their lives on the line for us.

On December 20 at the UCHealth Training Center, Broncos players will present police and firefighters across Colorado with their SHIELD616 kits made possible through their donations.

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