COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs firefighters and UCHealth-Memorial Hospital are holding the Daryl Ritz Memorial Toy Drive Tuesday.
Darly Ritz was a retired Colorado Springs Fire Department driver engineer who spent 33 years with CSFD before retiring nearly three years ago.
Ritz helped raise $20 million for the Hot Times Kool Cars charity, which supports the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. From 2010 to 2012 he organized a local toy drive, collected donations from firefighters and donated carts of toys to a local charity.
In early May, Ritz was found murdered at a home near Falcon. Dashboard camera footage from Ritz's vehicle linked Gustavo Toress-Gonzales to the crime and he was arrested on murder charges. His trial date is set for January.
In honor of Ritz's memory, retired paramedic Carolyn Frick and firefighter Terrence Murphy organized the toy drive to carry on the tradition that Ritz had started.
Toys will be delivered by fire engine to UCHealth-Memorial Hospital at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.