On Saturday, September 29 at 5 a.m., John Michael and Ellen Keyes will join Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink, Arvada Police Chief Don Wick and Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick for a brief ceremony to send-off the Jefferson County Regional SWAT team, as the team begins its 38-mile run to Bailey. Twenty-two members of the team will begin at the Sheriff?s Office in Golden and run relay-style along C-470 and Highway 285 to the town of Bailey, as part of the Emily?s Parade events honoring Emily Keyes. Emily?s twin brother, Casey, will join the SWAT team on its run.
On September 27, 2006, 16-year-old Emily Keyes was fatally shot at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, by a gunman who had entered her classroom. Saturday?s events honoring Emily will include the SWAT team?s trek, followed by the ?Final Five? ? a 5K run from the town of Bailey to Platte Canyon High School. The 5K run will be comprised of 198 first responders, representing the number of victims killed in school attacks in the United States. A motorcycle ride will also coincide with these events ? the ride will begin at Columbine High School and end in Bailey, at Platte Canyon High School.
The Jefferson County Regional SWAT team was among more than 100 emergency responders who were at Platte Canyon High School on September 27, 2006. Team members conceived the run as a way to honor Emily and to be part of the community?s healing process.
WHAT: SWAT team send-off
WHO: John Michael and Ellen Keyes (Emily?s parents), Casey Keyes (Emily?s brother), Sheriff Ted Mink, Chief Don Wick and Chief Bill Kilpatrick
WHERE: Jefferson County Sheriff?s Office east parking lot
200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden
WHEN: 5 a.m. sharp; media must be set up by 4:45