Scooter Meet a Hero (conclusion)

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The Brighton Blade-March 6, 1908

George runs back towards town, forgetting all about Scooter. Scooter is sad.

 

Scooter is sad. Scooter is confused. Scooter is tired. Scooter wants to go home. Scooter looks to left and sees, rabbit. This is same rabbit Scooter chase! Strange Rabbit! Scooter does not want to chase Strange Rabbit. Strange Rabbit does not run. Strange Rabbit moves. Strange Rabbit hops. Scooter watches Strange Rabbit. Strange Rabbit hops towards bridge! Bridge is back! Scooter sniff air. This is place Scooter get sick! Scooter not want to get sick! But, Scooter know that home must be over bridge.

 

 

Scooter run to bridge! Scooter go over bridge. Scooter feel sick! Scooter lay down.

 

Soon Scooter fell better. Scooter get up. Scooter sniff air.

The Brighton Blade-March 6, 1908
Scooter not smell horses. Scooter smell oil. Scooter is where Strange Rabbit go in bushes. Scooter know this place! Scooter can go home! Scooter look back. Bridge is gone!

 

Scooter start to walk. Then Scooter start to run! Scooter run and run and run! Scooter does not stop to pee! Scooter does not stop to chase cat. Scooter does not stop to chase The Squirrel. Scooter run home!

 

Scooter get home. Scooter is very tired. Scooter is very thirsty! Scooter does not smell Pete. Scooter does not see Pete. Scooter see back gate. Back gate is open. Scooter is glad! Scooter wants to see his Granny! Scooter wants to see his Mommy! Scooter wants to see his Grandpappy!

 

Scooter runs in the backyard. Scooters runs to the back door. Back door is open! Back door is never open! Scooter is happy! Scooter runs in the house. Scooter wants to go downstairs to see Mommy. But, Mommy’s door is closed. Scooter bark once. Then Scooter run for Granny’s bedroom. Scooter run, Scooter jump! Scooter land on bed! Scooter jump and lick Granny! Scooter lick and lick and lick!

“Lay down, Scooter!” say Granny “William, take Scooter out to go potty.

The Brighton Blade-March 6, 1908
” Then Granny roll over and go to sleep. Scooter turn to Grandpappy and lick him. Scooter lick and lick and lick. Grandpappy put hand on Scooter and pet him.

 

“Just a minute, boy.” say Grandpappy “I’ll take you out in a second.”

 

The Grandpappy close eyes. Scooter does not care. Scooter is home! Scooter walk to end of bed. Scooter walk in circle and lay down. Scooter fall right to sleep.

 

Scooter open eyes. It is day time. Scooter think Scooter have terrible dream. None of that stuff could have been real.  Bridges do not disappear. Buildings do not change. Horses do not live in Brighton. Brighton does not have dirt roads. Scooter is tired. Scooter lay back down. Soon Granny wake up and go to bathroom. Scooter always stays in bed until Granny says she take Scooter outside to go potty. Scooter like sleep.

The Brighton Blade-March 13, 1908
Scooter is tired. Granny come in room and pet Scooter.

 

“C’mon Scooter, lets go potty!” say Granny

 

Scooter get up and stretch. Scooter is sore. Too much play with Enzo.

 

“Scooter! What is that on your side? Is that blood?

 

 

Epilogue

 

On March 6, 1908, at about 2:20 AM, in the small town of Brighton, Colorado, Night Marshall James Delmar Ellis, was shot and killed by three men who were trying to break into the town post office.

The Brighton Blade-March 20, 1908
Del” had been the Night Marshall  for just two weeks.

 

After being shot, Del walk about 20 feet to the telephone office, in the Carmichael Building, where the operator on duty summoned a doctor. Brighton had several doctors in 1908 and at least two arrived on scene. Del survived for a number of hours. During that time he was able to give a full account of what had happened. Deputy Sherrif George Gilbert was alerted to three men trying to board the frieght training waiting to leave Brighton. He fired upon the suspects, but they escaped when the train pulled out. Ellis was not placed on that freight train, in which his assailants escaped. He was placed on the next available train, likely the #108 due from Greeley, at 4:24 AM., but he died en route to Denver.

 

Three men were arrested and charged with the shooting of Marshall Ellis.

James Delmar Ellis 1881-1908
They were J.B. Preston, William Hansen, and Ole Matsen. Preston was arrested in Omaha, NE. He had turned himself into authorities so he could be treated for three gunshot wounds. He was identified as having traveled from Denver, and refused to tell authorities how he was injured.

 

It is unknown if the three men were ever tried or convicted. Local records were destroyed in a fire.

 

Marshall Ellis was buried in Riverside Cemetery, in Denver. He was survived by his wife, Elnora and two young sons, George and Marvin.

 

On September 7, 2005 the United States Congressional record shows that Colorado Representative Bob Beauprez rose and offered a tribute in Ellis’ honor.

The Brighton Blade-March 13, 1908
In that same year Marshall Ellis was further honored by having his name etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. This memorial is a tribute to the men who have given their lives in the line of duty, as police officers.

 

The following year the State of Colorado honored him in the same way, when his name was etched into the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial, in Golden, CO

 

Today Brighton has a population of about 30,000. James Delmar Ellis is only member of the Brighton Police Force to have been killed in the line of duty.

 

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