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Friend of fallen Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee: 'We lost a good person'

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"We were friends, we were good friends, he was in my wedding," Rutt said.

Rutt was mourning the loss of his friend on Tuesday after Brownlee was killed during a shootout at the end of a high-speed chase.

Old photos are still plastered around the shop of the two buddies.

"He was great to his kids. He was a good father, and just a fun guy," Rutt said.

During that time in the 90s as a truck driver and salesman for the store, Brownlee never kept his future dreams a secret.

"His love and passion was always to be a cop, always, and he finally got there and he loved it," Rutt explained.

Brownlee was an officer in a few other towns before joining the Weld County Sheriff's Department in 2006.

"One of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet," Sheriff John Cooke said.

Cooke says Brownlee earned the Lifesaving Award shortly after starting with the department because he saved the life of an elderly woman by performing CPR.

"He was real friendly, and professional. My door is usually open, he works dayshift, he'd walk by my door and walk in and say, 'Hi,'" Cooke said.

Cooke says just a few days ago, Brownlee ran into a burning house to see if anyone was inside.

No one was, but the next time Brownlee was willing to put his life on the line was his last.

"He was out there to protect all of us. To have somebody do something like this just doesn't make sense to me," Rutt said.

Brownlee had just gotten married in June of last year. He leaves behind two children, and two step-children.

"I feel for his family. We lost a good person," Rutt said.

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