Garfield County deputies are Color Guard champs |

Garfield County deputies are Color Guard champs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Four deputies with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office recently won first-place honors at a Colorado Professional Firefighters Honor Guard competition in Arvada.

The deputies — Brandon Locklear, Brian Griffin, Matthew Graham and Ryan Melody — joined with deputies from the sheriff’s offices of Arapahoe and Adams counties on June 14, competing against teams from a dozen other departments around the state.

The competitions featured drill maneuvers highlighting the synchronization of rifle movements and marching, according to a statement from Walt Stowe, public information officer for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to winning the team event, Deputy Brian Griffin took first place in the overall drill competition held at the end of each day of training.

Stowe, in an email to the Post Independent, wrote that an announcement of the competition victory was delayed by attention devoted to area wildfires and by scheduled personal training.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, which appears at funerals, parades and other events, was created in 2010 by Sheriff Lou Vallario.

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