COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The wife of Garrett Swasey, the officer killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting, released a statement Sunday.
In the statement, which was distributed through the Colorado Springs Police Department, Rachel Swasey thanks everyone who has supported her family, and remembers Garrett as “a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children.” She also shares a link to a donation page set up by a friend of the family. The page has raised more than $66,000 so far.
Statement by Rachel Swasey, wife, Officer Garrett Swasey:
The family of Officer Garrett Swasey sincerely thanks everyone for their support during this very difficult time. Our loss cannot be expressed in words. While the nation now knows Garrett as a hero who gave his life for others, he was also a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children. His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession. We will cherish his memory, especially those times he spent tossing the football to his son and snuggling with his daughter on the couch.
Garrett was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. After a successful career in ice skating, Garrett found his calling as a police officer. Helping others brought him deep satisfaction and being a police officer was a part of him. In the end, his last act was for the safety and wellbeing of others and was a tribute to his life. What we need most today, and in the coming weeks, is your prayers for our family and for others who were impacted by this tragedy. We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love that has come from the community and across the nation.
We understand this is a public tragedy felt by many and we also appreciate your support for us to grieve privately.
Donations are being received at this link: