Memorial service planned for Grand County deputy
A memorial service for Deputy Alycia Riggs is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Snow Mountain Ranch - YMCA of the Rockies, Kiva Building. The public is encouraged to attend and show support.
The Azaylee Parcells Memorial Fund at Grand Mountain Bank has been established for the benefit of Alycia Riggs’ 3-year-old daughter.
A public memorial service has been planned for the Grand County Sheriff’s deputy killed while off-duty in a traffic accident Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, north of Granby on US Highway 34.
Deputy Alycia Riggs, 30, died Tuesday morning following an accident near Coffee Divide that occurred at approximately 5:52 a.m. Riggs was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. at Middle Park Medical Center.
She is survived by her 3-year-old daughter and a large extended family.
Riggs first joined the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in September 2014. She began her law enforcement career in 2006 and had previously worked for both the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department.
Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin expressed his department’s sense of loss Wednesday
“Alycia will always be remembered for her infectious smile, compassion towards others, and the positive image she portrayed in our community,” said Schroetlin.
In a press release issued Wednesday, the sheriff also expressed his thanks to other first responders and the local community for “the overwhelming support received during this time of loss.”
A public Memorial Service honoring Deputy Riggs will be held on Saturday Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies in the Kiva Building, 1101 County Road 53.
A Public Safety procession will leave from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 12;15 on Saturday and travel on Highway 40 to the Memorial Service. The public is encouraged to show support along the procession route and at the service.
Agencies that would like to participate in the procession are asked to RSVP to office manager Mona Finley at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Sgt. Nate Macchione at email@example.com, 970-725-3343.
The Colorado State Patrol released a few more details about the accident on Wednesday morning.
The agency released a statement saying the deputy was driving a 2008 Nissan Titan pickup southbound about six miles north of Granby when “the vehicle failed to negotiated a right curve on a snow-packed roadway. The Nissan lost control in the curve and began traveling broadside into the northbound lanes. A 2003 International straight truck was northbound in the same location and struck the driver’s side of the Nissan.
“The driver of the Nissan … was transported to Middle Park Medical Center where she died. The driver of the International, Vernon King, a 58-year-old male of Kremmling, was uninjured in the crash.”
The crash remains under investigation.
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