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Agencies responded quickly, professionally

Dear Editor:

Safety is important. Even when every precaution is taken, accidents do happen.

I would like to give my sincerest thanks for the fine job that the Marble Volunteer Fire Department, the Carbondale Fire Department, and Forest Service volunteer John Rameras did rescuing our employee, Kelly Wood, when she broke her leg on Sheep Mountain while patrolling on an ATV.

Kelly was coming down a steep hill, hit a rock, and was thrown off balance. The machine rolled, crushing her leg. The area of the accident was in a dead-radio zone, and her patrol partner went for help. She had to wait for more than three hours for help to arrive.

The Marble and Carbondale fire departments acted in a quick, professional manner, and got Kelly out of a dangerous situation on a steep, isolated road. The “Marble Hub” staff was also instrumental in assisting with the response, as well as some motorcyclists.

On behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, I would like again to thank these public servants and volunteers for the outstanding job they did in responding to this and other emergency situations. Kelly’s surgery went well, and she’ll be doing office work for a while.

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Scott Snelson

District ranger, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District

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