COLORADO SPRINGS — A funeral and law enforcement procession were held Monday to honor slain El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Peery.
Peery died while responding to a call in Security-Widefield on the evening of August 7.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
“We miss your husband, we miss your dad, we miss your son, we miss your brother, so much,” said EPSO Chaplain Bob Swales during Monday’s service at New Life Church.
As Peery’s family looked on, EPSO Sheriff Bill Elder took the stage.
“We honor Andrew today for his friendship, commitment and service,” he said. “I can think of no truer definition of a hero.”
Elder promised Peery’s children they would be cared for and supported by their law enforcement family.
And Peery’s colleagues shared the same sentiment.
“We will always be there for you,” said Deputy Ryan Gonzales through tears. “Just as your dad was for us.”
The live stream from New Life Church can be viewed here.
Following the service, an emergency vehicle procession will depart from the church, and the public is invited to line the route and join EPSO in honoring Deputy Peery.
- New Life Church parking lot to Cross Peak View
- Cross Peak View southbound to Interquest Parkway
- Interquest Parkway westbound to I-25
- I-25 southbound to Uintah Street (Exit 143)
- Uintah eastbound to Nevada Avenue
- Nevada Avenue southbound to Vermijo Avenue
- Vermijo Avenue westbound to Office of the El Paso County Sheriff/Cascade Avenue
At approximately 10:00 a.m., a convoy carrying Deputy Peery and his family will arrive at the church. All attending uniformed personnel are asked to form up outside the main church entrance to greet their arrival no later than 9:30 a.m. and remain in formation until Deputy Peery and the family are escorted inside by the EPSO Mounted Unit and combined Honor Guard.
Once Deputy Peery and his family are inside the church, sanctuary seating will commence for all attendees.
- The designated parking lot for emergency vehicles participating in the procession will open at 7 a.m. Law enforcement, fire department, and EMS vehicles equipped with emergency lights and siren will be permitted to participate in the procession. Participants must be parked no later than 9 a.m. in order to be included.
- Separate parking areas for all others attending the service are also designated. A map of the church property distinguishing procession from general public parking is shown below. This event is anticipated to draw thousands of attendees. As such, carpooling is highly suggested.