Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, left, sits beside the bed of his son, Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Pelle, who was shot Dec. 31 in an ambush in Highlands Ranch, and two family members not identified by Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, which tweeted this photo.

Saturday afternoon’s Skyline at Longmont boys and girls basketball doubleheader won’t just mark the end of the 2017-18 regular season for four Longmont teams.

Between the two games, the Longmont athletics department will honor 32-year-old Jeff Pelle, the son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and one of four Douglas County sheriff’s deputies who were shot on New Year’s Eve while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a Highlands Ranch apartment.

“I am proud to say that we are going to honor Deputy Sheriff Jeff Pelle,” Longmont boys coach Jeff Kloster said. “He is a past graduate of Longmont High School who we are very proud of. We will be honoring Jeff for his service and we would love to welcome the community to join us in honoring this young man and his heroism.”

A 2004 graduate of Longmont High School, Jeff Pelle will return to the school on Saturday to receive the recognition alongside members of his family.

It will also be senior day for the Longmont High School basketball players, and a ceremony honoring the senior players and their families will also be held between the games. The season-finale double-header will begin with the girls game at 1 p.m. followed by the boys game at 2:30 p.m.

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