JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A garden dedicated to the innocent victims of violent crimes more than two decades ago went up in flames this week.
On Wednesday, firefighters responded to Courage Garden, located behind the Jefferson County Court, around 7:30 p.m. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader says the fire is being investigated as arson.
Courage Garden was built 25 years ago after Victim Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people impacted by trauma, asked the county for land to create a memorial for victims.
In 1995, the same year Courage Garden was created, a gazebo was built by community members and funded by several law enforcement agencies in honor of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Timothy Michael Mossbrucker. He was shot to death while responding to a shooting at a grocery store on April 28, 1995. Sgt. Mossbrucker was the first officer to arrive on the scene.
Jefferson County Sheriff