DENVER (AP) — Messages of hope have been extended to the Orlando police officers who responded to this week’s gay nightclub shooting by Colorado colleagues who know the horrors they faced.

Aurora Police Lt. Stephen Redfearn was among the first on the scene after a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in his Denver suburb in 2012. Redfearn came up with the idea for a video in which he and other members of his department say they stand with Orlando.

Redfearn says messages he received in 2012 from other officers helped, and he wanted to show Orlando the same support.

Orlando police tweeted a link to Redfearn’s video and expressed thanks.

Twelve people died in Aurora in 2012. In Orlando, 49 people died before the gunman was killed.

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